The official SFW website of adult film director Nica Noelle
Read Nica’s latest Huffington Post blog on The Duende of Porn
The internet has a weird way of making connections between creative fields and individuals in much the same way as it (and earlier the Renaissance) did for science. I read what you write here – and on Twitter – and find it tremendously affecting.
I’ve never been involved in porn, save as a consumer, but I’ve known performers in various adult industries of various kinds for a while and I’ve come to know more through you and other people I’ve made social-media connections with. People are people, good and bad, whatever they do but there’s this horrible attitude that if you work on something ‘unworthy’ or ‘dirty’ that it necessarily follows that you’re ‘dirty’ or ‘unworthy’ yourself.
As you draw comparisons between the ineffable quality in a performance (over the performer) so eloquently in what you say in your article, so I draw comparisons with my own life experience and the judgement of the kind of art forms that I enjoy or produce.
“True artists do exist in porn; quietly, humbly tending to their art despite society’s giggles and mockery. Driven by unseen forces to express their gift, often without knowledge or insight that they even have one. Do they wonder, as others do for them, why they had the bad fortune to “end up” in porn? Do they hate themselves for feeling so self-actualized, so alive, when they’re performing life’s most intimate of acts for a world of strangers? We insist they have no gifts to offer, no special abilities of any worth, only tragic tales of lives gone hopelessly wrong.”
This passage from the article brings a tear to my eye. It’s not just in porn. Anything considered ‘low brow’ or ‘popular’ gets this horrible treatment, though perhaps not as badly as porn gets it. There are true artists in computer games, in comics, in role-playing games and science fiction, quietly tending THEIR art despite very similar giggles and mockery. I even feel the pressure making this comment, that I somehow still shouldn’t treat what you do with the respect, consideration and thought that I am. Social pressure is a big, huge, stupid thing.
‘Why don’t you make some real art?’
How these people can read Frank Herbert’s Dune or Heinlein’s Stranger in a Strange Land and dismiss it as ‘spacemen and rocketships’ I do not know. How they can’t see the art in Kev O’Neill’s angry lines or the phantasmagoric surrealism of Massimo Bellardinelli I can’t comprehend. That goes for Nobody’s Daughter as well.
I wanted to be an artist originally, but my interest was in illustration, graphic art, comics, design, pin-up, science fiction and fantasy. In 8 years of specific art schooling I had one teacher for half a year that understood and encouraged me. The rest ground me down until I gave up and turned to my other love – writing.
Your persistence, bravery and commitment to your art is painful to see given my own failure, but it is also tremendously inspiring.
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