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There’s an Instagram Account Dedicated to Fruit Fingering and…It’s Really Something

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With her fruit-oriented photo-video series, Stephanie Sarley has our undivided attention. Fruit rarely does that, but let’s just say the Oakland-based artist plays with her food…sensually. Honestly, we should probably be paying by the minute.

Sarley’s behind the widely touted and talked-about “fruit fingering” Instagram account that is relatively self-explanatory. Sarley explained its humble origins to the Daily Dot.

SARLEY: “My boyfriend handed me an orange and I just started playing with it, then decided to make a video. The penetration and the blood… I wasn’t even aware of those associations. After I create an art piece, I’ll learn about it through other people viewing it, or just through myself reflecting on it. I wasn’t even aware of the impact it was going to have on people.”

SARLEY: “I think women are trolled more on the Internet, period. Men do get trolls, but especially as a woman, dealing with the female body, and you’re saying something about the vagina and the vulva, it’s very personal. It’s a touchy subject. Feminism is controversial for people. It’s my work. If it has to be worked out controversially, that’s okay.”

While bold and thought-provoking, Sarley recognizes her work for the fun it is as well. She’s more than aware of what she’s doing to people and she carries no furrowed brow. It’s creative art, sure, but that doesn’t mean it has to be some grim modernism in cloaked themes in total.

SARLEY: “It’s okay to turn people on. I don’t want to be serious about my art 100 percent. Titillation is fun, and sexualization of fruit is great, and that makes me really happy.”

Watch her demonstrate below.

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