Madonna is defending her NFT as art after criticism of the work, which was made from real scans of her vagina.
The entertainer, 63, teamed up with digital artist Beeple to create the collection “Mother of Creation,” which depicts a nude Madonna giving birth to trees, butterflies and other insects.
NFT stands for a ‘non-fungible token’ and is hailed as a way to ascribe real-world value and scarcity to digital artwork and assets.
According to Madonna, the “Mother of Creation” series connects the ways people create life to the way they create art.
“I wanted to investigate the concept of creation, not only the way a child enters the world through a woman’s vagina, but also the way an artist gives birth to creativity,” the artist explained in a statement, via Yahoo.
There are three, minute-long videos of a digitized Madonna, where different forms of life come out of her body.
The first depicts Madonna giving birth to a tree. “It pushes against gravity and flowers bloom,” the web site explains. “The tree may bend or even break, but it continues to recreate and flourish.”
The second, “Mother of Evolution,” “touches on the metamorphosis journey of butterflies, which are one of the most beautiful creations in nature, and a sign of hope. The butterflies are a metaphor for the paradox that the world is burning down in a post-apocalyptic scene, but there is still evidence of life. We continue to give birth, no matter what destruction is going on, no matter what oppression we face. It relays the important message that if you are waiting for the world to be perfect or for your life to be perfect to create art, it will never happen.”
Finally, in “Mother of Technology” a synthetic centipedes crawl out of Madonna as she lays in a forest.
As it explained by the web site, it is “depicting the way science can also give birth light into the world, but only if used with the right consciousness. The centipede represents technology – both the life giving-force and the dangers of it, the juxtaposition of dark and light. Technology continues to evolve in the physical, natural and real world; we can do whatever we want, but there are consequences to that. Nature will ultimately win in the end.”
Madonna posted a video on Instagram, essentially defending the work.
“I think it’s really important that people know that a lot of thought and conversation went into creating these videos,” she said.
Mark Heim is a reporter for The Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Mark_Heim.