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This week we share some of your excellent responses to two assignments -- Geof Oppenheimer's Embarrassing Object and Diana Shpungin's Object Empathy.

Watch the original assignments:
Embarrassing Object: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mxM6mNSv5s
Object Empathy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjzOJf4nOXQ

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Hey guys! Today I'm gonna share with you some responses to our art assignments, starting with embarrassing objects. And boy, are they embarrassing. Jeff Oppenheimer's assignment asked you to create something that makes you feel uncomfortable out of a material or group of materials.

Now, John and I guessed that many of you would use the body as a point of departure, and we were right. Like, high-waistedpantaloons shared with us this series of images and GIFS, and a text that recounts the unfortunate digestive disorders that have resulted, through no fault of her own, in hemorrhoids.

She's explained that she's not afraid to talk about the disorders, but she would never say a word about the hemorrhoids. She says there's just something so discomforting about having to apply a cream to them, having to acknowledge them directly. That is what is embarrassing, having to acknowledge my own brokenness with actual physical contact, and then being left to wait it out. There's no cure for this condition, only management, so the embarrassment will never end. I mean, what to say? It's incredibly evocative and effective, and the unendingness of the application is nicely mirrored in the cyclical foreverness of a GIF.

And then we had pointtothesky, who also used foodstuffs to represent the human posterior. They say they wanted to, quote, "create a sculpture that celebrated something that I am embarrassed about, which is my cellulite and stretch marks."

I like to think of this sculpture as perfectly imperfect, just as my own body is. The female body is amazing, and I want to move past the idea that something so normal as cellulite and stretch marks are, quote, "flaws."

I love that the list of materials for this one specified strawberry jelly so you can basically taste this thing as well as feel that gelatinous texture as you're looking at it. It's such a good combination of feelings, of both repulsion and seduction.

Flapjackmcricecake made this terrifically terrifying backyard installation about the embarrassment not of breastfeeding, but of the paraphernalia for expressing and bottle feeding. They say, "I suppose without the baby, it all becomes so clinical. Thoughts turn to machines and bodily fluids instead of natural care and nourishment."

I mean, the sadness of that horrible, looping contraption succumbing to gravity. And it's so judiciously shot from below. And you can hear just a brief baby noise in the background. The inhumanity of such a thing -- bravo.

We have another empty garment from Iamdonutwizard, who said, "I think we all think we're fat or skinny or thin or thick. I've always hated when my Nan would comment on it. So, I took a pair of shorts and made a flag." The darkness here is excellent, as is the floompy drape of those well-worn shorts. And turning it into an object of public-facing pride is such a marvelous act of ownership. I salute you.

Kenton Visser gives us whitey tighty and says, "There's something uniquely embarrassing about underwear, the garments that cover up our bodies' most shameful regions. In a way, underwear is more embarrassing than nakedness." And it's not just about the drawers here, that hang so expertly about the stick legs. It's those tiny little papier-mâché socks, propping up the whole construction that really made it work for me.

Minnesbeta shared this splendid object, so masterfully photographed as if being encountered in a low-fi horror movie. Minnesbeta says, "hair is only allowed in certain places." And oh, boy, this one really made my spine tingle. The material that covers the handle is shaped and pricked with such attention to detail, the hairs emerging so regularly from the pore-like impressions. And that hand just out of reach. Shivers, all I can say is shivers. And I mean that as an extreme compliment in this case.

Tyler Graham shared with us his process of creating this thing in his bathtub. You see him open a condom, unfurl it, and then begin to fumblingly stuff it with coffee beans. He wrestled with this awkward combination of incompatible materials, and you can just feel the sticky frustration of it. Then he ties it off in this gross knot, and there we have it. It's peculiar and unpleasant, and for me, the awkward performance of making it is embodied in this abject little object.