Six years ago I created Chakrubs. Sex with crystals has since become mainstream, whereas only years ago it was a radical idea to use a material known for it’s relationship to the metaphysical world. The energy of crystals manifest themselves in perfect molecular structures, giving each Chakrub a unique and beautiful design with all credit to it’s creation from the earth. Chakrubs has become a metaphor for my customer’s and admirers relationship to sexuality, to love, to spirituality and themselves. It was my exploration with my own black Chakrub, that I discovered that there was something more I needed to express through these products.
Early mirrors were made from Obsidian crystal. Having sessions with my black Chakrub, now referred to as the Chakrub Xaga, I’d observe my thoughts, memories, projections, to be what many people would describe as “dark”. My initial response was to resist, after all, Chakrubs were meant for honor of the self, to make self-pleasure something beautiful and unashamed. But resistance failed and I knew I needed to befriend what about me scared myself. I was being introduced to my Shadow, the parts of me I repressed and denied. She’s ugly, and now I love her, too.
The Chakrub Shadow Line includes interactive sculptures that are fetish and weapon-inspired. Using mostly black obsidian crystal and stainless steel, these functional works of art ask the user to honor the self as a whole. After years of honoring the beauty in ourselves, it’s time to honor the beauty in our ugliness. After all, a thing isn’t sacred because it has the appearance of being spiritual. A thing is sacred because we give it the attention that it is. Sacred discipline, sacred shame, sacred unveiling of the ugly truth."
I’ve had the pleasure of working with artists Rachel Roze Cuccia, Rita Minissi, and Alix Vernet on the visual representations of these ideas, and am looking forward to seeing what is in store for the works that will be created by the customers who purchase these products as well.