Monday, October 18, 2010

Banned

It was only a matter of time before Facebook suspended my account. The sexual content of many of my paintings and photographs is proscribed by the social network's middle-America-friendly 'Terms of Use' and I have been careless about reproducing it in my recent posts.
This afternoon, a photograph of a female model and I embracing, naked, on a motel bed, proved too provocative to the site's administrators. Both my personal page and a fan page were 'suspended' – Facebook-speak for censored – without warning. Neither are likely to be restored.
To mark this ban, I've decided to offer the emphatically NSFW photograph (
above, intended as a reference for a watercolour I am painting) as a limited edition. Titled Banned, with an image size of 4" x 2.66" on 6" x 4" matt paper, just 750 of the signed, individually numbered prints will be available and will be priced at $US/$A 20.00 each, including postage. Payment will be accepted only by PayPal.
For further information or to order, please email my studio, noting your name and address.
Incidentally, a new Facebook page created to promote my studio's activities has been activated and is already reconnecting with many of the 3,000-plus friends of my previous, now inaccessible Facebook presence.

25 comments:

José Luis Moreno-Ruiz said...

Glad to see you again, Hazel.
"Term of Use" is so frecuently an american fascist term.
JL

Robert C. said...

Wowser is a slang expression (most commonly heard in Australian and New Zealand English) meaning: one whose over-developed sense of morality drives them to deprive others of their pleasures. Originally, the term was particularly applied to members of temperance groups such as the antipodean branches of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union.

fogbound said...

As the US continues to move more to the right you will see alot more things banned, I'm afraid. Keep up your work! It's great and you will always have people who appreciate it, in spite of what the censor nazis may think.

Anonymous said...

Cut the "facism" crap! I am an artist too, but I know where not to show certain things, out of consideration for those offended. If you don't know what that might be, tell me about your planet. We artists are human beings first, and our ego, while valued by many, does not trump the needs of the commonweal. A cell, doing whatever it wants to, is called "cancer" in the human body. So too, in the body politic.

Hazel Dooney said...

Who mentioned fascism? And what artist worth their salt doesn't test the boundaries of what is acceptable, in every environment. Next time you write, have the balls to put your name on it. Otherwise, don't write.

James Latimer said...

Imagine if artists created and distributed their work only in ways that might not offend – or maybe that might be better suited to the courageous 'anonymous'.

sapphir said...

Hazel, I have had artist friends banned from social networks for much less than what you posted. Are people so offended by sex, the human body, or human sexuality in all its forms, that they cringe at the sight of these images? When the world is clamping down on us, when we really are in Foucault's Panopticon, you'd think there would be so much less conformism! It's as if the 60's and 70's never happened.
I am also an artist, and I will tell you right now, I have no desire to paint daisies around hoary old officially-sanctioned themes, that do nothing but reassure people who are totally asleep at the wheel, that what we are told to believe is actually true.

Annie Paul said...

Wow, this is a great offer Hazel. I think i want five of them...as you say good for presents :)

was afraid you'd stopped blogging after the last post. relieved you're back with such a vengeance!

Donna Rabe in NY said...

B-O-R-I-N-G!
"Look at me! Look at me! I can take of photo of myself naked with another naked person (and it is the same sex as me....tee-hee)!
Look at me!"

So....old. So 1970s.

dgcasey said...

Well no Hazel, you didn't say anything about fascism, but a couple of your earlier posters did. As a fellow artist, one that does some figurative work, I can say that I don't have a problem with nudity and its depiction in art. But, when a website, such as Facebook, has rules that state that putting that kind of art on the website will subject the poster to banning, then that poster should take them seriously. I don't post my figure studies on Facebook because I know the rules and choose to abide by them. If you post your nude photos on Facebook and get banned as a result of it, you can't then claim surprise and go off on a rant about how bad Facebook is. And Jose and Robert would do well to grow up and focus their energies where it really counts.

ColleenPatricia said...

Nice work! It's no surprise that the nude is banned on Facebook. The founder is somewhat conservative, in his views, and since Facebook is a private enterprise, for profit, one has to expect this. It has become hard to find a place to show nudes, the Conservative agenda is allowed to go on by the silent majority.
I've been censored, too.

Anonymous said...

we just had all social networking sites blocked at work, a net filter put in place just recently. I wonder if its because one of the partners' wives caught me logged into facebook with a dooney image on the screen :-) How draconian and how simply boring.. oh well.

vee gee

Hazel Dooney said...

Donna, the photograph was not originally intended as an artwork, but rather (as I've made clear elsewhere) a study picture.

Hilde said...

I find it wery hard to se anything offensive in your pictures, and its depressing to think of that you will probably be deletet once again.
Because facebook is facebook, dry and dreary, no bodies in facebook, please.

todd said...

I actually like the composition. The color of the headboard, the orange-ish lamp shade on the right, the beautiful white curtains/ sunlight on the left and that gorgeous flesh color. The fact that there's a representation of eroticism adds nicely to the overall image, but it really isn't what strikes me as to why I like it.

Anonymous said...

Todd I totally agree. The nudity seems to be incidental although at the same time central to the composition, the enticing pale limey colour of the bedhead, the warm colour of the side lamp, the delicious dairy queen whiteness in the waves of the sheets with the cool creamy skin of the bodies is just delightfully beautiful in totality all together it so works

camille said...

Hej ,that was a good trick, well orchestrated, and some sells (?), quite good marketing idea, you should do it again.
Camille

Hazel Dooney said...

The prints are cost price (including postage) in order to make them accessible to a wide range of people. There is no profit.

They were created as a response. Nothing more. But nothing less either.

Bill Leigh Brewer said...

Hi Hazel-
This image is my introduction to your work. What a beautiful and hot picture it is. Not so sure about getting all angry at facebook, though. Just because something is legal, doesn't mean it is appropriate in every venue. But, again, really beautiful work.

Russ McKenna said...

The 'banning' of that beautiful, exotic, erotic but not pornographic photo hurts me deeply. With one click of my Google button I can see a lot worse without artistic talent. That shot of yours was beautifully lit, composed, and true photo-art, not smut. If some neo-whacko is going to decide what can or cannot be shown on Facebook, it's time I set up a new social site to shoveit up 'em! Russ McKenna, Melbourne, Australia

Anonymous said...

Facebook is what it is which is pretty amazing. It doesn't need to be anything more although it does keep growing. If someone wants more then they can devise something else. Its open seasoon. We are all waiting with bated breath for the next more controversial innovation here on the net. Anything is possible.

vee gee

vette said...

one of my best friends, a guy, very cool guy, asked me once, "who are your female heros?" wow - i had never thought about it. there were historical figures, men and women who had done great things, interesting and admirable, but my heroes - female?

my ignorance and laziness was mostly to blame, but also the culture was not representing women in a way that i was relating to - even subconsciously. since then i've gathered a few living heroes. and you have become one of them. major. you make me realize what a hero is. courage.

Self vs. Self is my war with myself in attempting to hone my own artistic voice, to choose right path, to work harder. but even if it weren't my war - even if i couldn't relate to the work, even if i weren't trying to be an artist - you would still be a hero to me.

you should be heard, seen, noticed. so, if you can stand the punchin, keep on breaking their faces, babe!!!!! keep going, keep going, keeeeeeep goin...

you're not alone.

warm regards from los angeles.

Anonymous said...

English is not my native tongue, nor what I usually read. However, an article about the strong focus on sex and eroticism in our day and age, in my language recently, the author referred to the english way of speaking, saying that there were something called private parts.

I tend to agree. But I am also aware that my formative years came and went more than five decades ago. There is more than a little conflict in my mind. A mind that also thinks quite clearly: Beautiful picture.

Catherine said...

I am a figurative artist and I love drawing nudes as well, but I wouldn't post it on Facebook if I knew there might be a chance for it to be banned. I would want to find a forum on which it is welcome. It's not different than finding the right gallery to post your work, unless your work was meant to be public art. Very interesting discussions though.

Anonymous said...

There is a fine line when posting nudes is concerned. You knew the nude wouldn't be banned if it was showed in the right gallery or exhibition, but Facebook isn't that type of platform. And you knew you were walking a fine line the moment you were deciding to post it. Is this the issue of freedom of expression? Does freedom of expression applies to this situation?