Pop singer and cultural icon Madonna is well-known for her boundary-breaking love of all things risqué and has taken this to a new level. Partnering up with famous NFT artist Beeple, Madonna has released a series of NFTs that leave very little to the imagination when it comes to motherhood.
The series features three videos of Madonna-as-mother in virtual-reality simulations where she respectively “gives birth” to a tree, butterflies, and robotic centipedes:
Madonna Bares All for Women and Children
Madonna sparked confusion and some social media dismay this week with the release of her NFT collection, called ‘Mother of Creation’. The series of three single-edition NFTs features the singer naked and in the act of “mothering” various forms of life.
It’s been an amazing journey building this from an intellectual idea to an emotional story, giving birth to art. I wanted to investigate the concept of creation, not only the way a child enters the world through a woman’s vagina, but also the way an artist gives birth to creativity. Most importantly, we wanted to use this opportunity to benefit mothers and children who are most in need right now.
Madonna, pop singer and cultural icon
The first, titled ‘Mother of Nature’, sees Madonna lying on a laboratory bed and “giving birth” to a tree that starts to blossom as it exits her body. The second, ‘Mother of Evolution’, depicts her recumbent on an abandoned vehicle in an almost destroyed city where she is seen “giving birth” to butterflies. In the final instalment of the series, ‘Mother of Technology’, the singer is seen lying in a forest and “birthing” a series of biomechanical centipedes.
Madonna commented: “When Mike [Michael Joseph Winkelmann, aka Beeple] and I decided to collaborate on this project a year ago, I was excited to have the opportunity to share my vision of the world as a mother and an artist with Mike’s own unique point of view.”
Proceeds Go to Three Worthy NPOs
Proceeds from the NFT sales will benefit three non-profit organisations that support women and children. These are the Voices of Children Foundation, the City of Joy Foundation, and Black Mama’s Bail Out.
The collection has been slated as “soft-core porn” and has upset many who took to Twitter to express their dismay, but Madonna is not the first to bring the porn industry together with NFTs.
Racy online subscription service OnlyFans announced in February that its users could use ETH NFTs as their profile pictures. Also, the original and biggest player, Playboy entered the space last year when it combined its 68-year legacy of arts patronage and progressive conversations on sexuality with an exhibit that invited the digital art community to create original works to celebrate what it called “sexual liberation, gender equality and representation”.
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