Courtney Frances Fallon was born in Buffalo in 1984. She has been passionate about writing since childhood. Primarily a writer - essayist, playwright, etc. - CFF is frequently inspired to create visual art (complimentary and tangential) while researching and preparing her written work. Performance is another offshoot of CFF's work as a writer. Although she has experience with traditional acting, her background is primarily based in choral and instrumental music plus cheerleading, which trained her in the art of humiliation/self-deprecation. (Don't believe what movies and TV tell you - everyone hates cheerleaders.) She has spent the last ten years devoted to traveling, both domestically and abroad, with time spent living in Ecuador, Turkey, and Poland.
CFF recently rooted herself to New York City to establish herself within a thriving artistic community and focus on writing, performing, directing and producing. She'll also continue to create and collaborate on visual art, in conjunction with and independently of her written work.
Courtney was inspired to create Vagina Postcards while writing You Know This Girl, an examination of contemporary American culture (circa 2009) via character study. The main character, Courtney, is a young woman devoid of depth, engrossed in her appearance and cultivating her personality.
Throughout the piece Courtney's character demonstrates her confusion between sexual liberation and self-exploitation. Touching upon this motif, and addressing trends like plastic surgery consumerism as well as body dysmorphia, her character strips nude and discusses a consultation with a plastic surgeon with great exultation.
In order to research this scene and prepare for the performance, Courtney went to a plastic surgeon while in character and received a real, pre-surgery consult. Interested in discussing the concept of vaginoplasty, also known as vaginal restoration surgery, she removed all of her pubic hair in order to allow the doctor to appraise her vagina. She doesn't typically go bald below the belly button and removing all of her pubic hair for this experiment revealed a deep resentment for the politics of pubic hair
Painting and photography: Katharine T. Jacobs
Vagina: Courtney Frances Fallon
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