Pure to Pieces

Through the KY Foundation for Women

In 2020 I noticed a trend in conversations I was having with friends and artists about sexual abuse and sexual identity and found that many of them attributed the obsession, repression, and shame of these things to the Christian culture they grew up in. I was already making art having to do with these topics and decided to start up a podcast to record these conversations, have experts on, and make art with each podcast participant. Pure to Pieces is a two-part project including a podcast and art exhibition thanks to the Kentucky Foundation for Women. In the podcast, I (Morgan McGill) talk with guests about their experiences of sexuality within relgion. Each participant contributes art to the project by making a canvas arm to be linked in a chain of arms exhibited in December 2021. These conversations take place in order to heal, connect, and transform our mindsets about our underlying beliefs. I hope this work informs the larger public that there are many people who have been hurt and abused by religion (particularly when it comes to sexuality) and show the healing place of art in people’s lives.