We spoke to Josie Bunce, about her feminist platform turned fashion line, Vagina Cult, her story as the founder, and the exciting things to come VC.
Josie Bunce AKA Vagina_Cult
December 16th, 1993
Where are you originally from?
Small town of Sun Valley, Idaho
Where do you currently live?
Preferred art medium
Oil paint (But I am loving digital drawing at the time!)
Hobby or interest aside from art?
Social Activism, snowboarding, kickboxing, pole dancing and playing the mandolin
Using my favorite teakwood and tobacco soy candle as perfume… hahaha
Who are some of your favorite artists?
Egon Schiele, Lucien Freud, John Altoon, Mary Reid Kelley! (I put them in order of discovery for me!)
Under the Skin, and Ratatouille
The Mastery of Love
I am going to list off a couple bands for you! James Blake, Future Islands, First Aid Kit and Fleetwood Mac!
What is something you deeply love about yourself?
That I am empowering people to be the best they can be by showing them they are a work of art… literally.
“I want people of any gender, genders, sex and sexes to embrace their bodies and minds as a work of art.”
How has Instagram worked for you as an artist?
It has served as my main platform for showcasing my artwork. I has also been a place to communicate and get feedback from fans and non-supporters. I have been trying to take in what the non-supporters have to say, unless it is something like them telling me “I am disgusting and I can’t believe you would do this”, then I just block them because they are missing the point of this entire biz.
Briefly describe the circumstances under which you grew up
I grew up in quite the large family. My parents got divorced when I was 3 and it has continued to be emotionally difficult and taxing on all of us kiddos. However, the relationship between my siblings and I is truly unbelievable. We will fight for each other and support each other over anything in the world. I would say we are the definition of having each other's backs. There is nothing but love and support between us and that is what helps us be sure of ourselves. I would have never been able to start this business if it weren’t for their support, constructive criticism, and beautiful minds!
How do you think these circumstances influenced your art?
I think that growing up with so many females all going through puberty at different times and all being at different stages was very interesting for me! I remember being so embarrassed that my sister noticed i started getting the tiny puffy nipples and she screamed “Josie you are getting boobs!” I was always very self conscious of my tiny boobies, then as time went on I realized they are just part of adulthood and they are beautiful!
What would you say are your artwork’s main themes?
Feminism, abstraction, activism, body positivity, GRLPWR, Freedom of Expression.
How would you describe your style? Modern Spicy Vintage Retro Funky Freak. (P.S. thank you for the Q because I am going to coin that term to describe me now hahaha!)
“Modern Spicy Vintage Retro Funky Freak.”
What are you communicating with your art?
“Girl Power between the sexes, MMM” Honestly, that quote from Spice world has played over and over in my head since I started this whole thing a little over 2 years ago! I think what I am communicating is very similar to just that! More than that, I want people of any gender, genders, sex and sexes to embrace their bodies and minds as a work of art.
(Certain) Artists tend to have a stereotype attached to them of being dramatic with addictive personalities. What do you feel about this assumption?