"Schneeman completely changed the way the female body was seen."
I'm a massive fan of Carolee Schneemann's work, in particular her performance Interior Scroll—it was such a brave act and issued a real challenge to her male peers. It's incredible that even 40 years after Interior Scroll some people are still unnerved by Schneemann's art and the type of work it pioneered. You just have to look at Milo Moiré firing paint-filled eggs from her vagina to realize how much Schneemann has influenced feminist art and how important it is for women to really own their bodies.
I really admire how liberated Schneemann comes across in her work and how she encourages us to celebrate the female form. Her video Fuses, for example, shows her making love to her partner and emphasizes the physical pleasure of the experience. And this was made in the 1960s. Schneemann was ahead of her time in so many ways and I find the way she embraces her body and urges others to do the same truly inspiring.
Schneemann's huge impact on the contemporary art scene is being celebrated this year with a major solo exhibition at the Museum der Moderne in Salzburg and the publication of Unforgivable, a comprehensive overview of the artist's work.
Schneemann's 1975 performance Interior Scroll was photographed and turned into a suite of 13 individually signed photographs produced in a limited edition of 7—quite apart from being an homage to the artist's pioneering act, the suite is also an artwork in its own right.