This Art Works!

Artists ask the important questions: 'Honey, can we normalize our BDSM lifestyle tonight?'

Feeling held back by taboos? Learn to embrace your true self with help from artist Kayla Polan and her playful "BDSM Sculptures."

'Sorry, darling, but that's...taboo'

Created by art collective Madeleine Co. and produced in partnership with OCAD University, This Art Works! is the gleeful mix of '90s nostalgia, comedy, and contemporary art practice you didn't know you needed. 1:18

Feeling held back by taboos? Learn to embrace your true self with help from artist Kayla Polan and her playful "BDSM Sculptures." Kayla's artwork combines BDSM with familiar domestic objects — so the answer to that question about normalizing your lifestyle can become a yes.

With her playful ‘BDSM Sculptures’, Kayla Polan seeks to expand on normative understandings of sex and sexuality. (This Art Works!)

Watch the full series now: This Art Works!

There are artists who make pretty pictures to hang on your mantle. This Art Works! is not about those artists. A new original series for CBC Arts, This Art Works! is a subversively surreal showcase of provocative projects by Canadian artists tackling today's most pressing and controversial issues. Using a variety of artistic methods (ball-gags, street signs, blanket forts, and menstrual blood just to name a few), the artists let their imaginations run wild to make art work for social change. With a supporting cast of comedians, This Art Works! fuses the wholesomeness of children's television with an absurdist comedic bent, creating a bizarre world unlike any other.

Created by art collective Madeleine Co. and produced in partnership with OCAD University, This Art Works! is the gleeful mix of '90s nostalgia, comedy, and contemporary art practice you didn't know you needed. Watch the full series now.

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