Artist Creates New Batch of "Porn for the Blind"

An image from artist Lisa J. Murphy's latest batch of "porn for the blind," or highly-stylized erotic art in braille, depending on your opinion. Lisa J. Murphy/Tactile Atelier

An image from artist Lisa J. Murphy's latest batch of "porn for the blind," or highly-stylized erotic art in braille, depending on your opinion.
Lisa J. Murphy/Tactile Atelier Bookmark
Toronto artist Lisa J. Murphy believes we live in a highly sexualized world that often leaves the visually impaired behind. So she decided a while ago to do something about it.

Last year, Murphy's book called "Tactile Mind," which featured several nude, 3-D pictures of men and women along with braille descriptions, gained new life in the media, two years after its release. Last week, she released four new images, featuring a woman's legs in stiletto shoes, as well as "a photograph of a woman's behind...wearing soft pink" panties.

The original book comes with the hefty price of $225, and the new set of images cost $100, according to Murphy's website. In an interview with AOL News, she says the process of creating the images takes up to 50 hours for each, and therefore the high price tag for the unusual art - or porn, depending on your point of view - is justifiable.

"I took photographs of my friends in lingerie, blew up the images and hand-sculpted them into clay," Murphy told AOL News. "Then I made thermoform copies. I ran the plastic myself through my thermoform machine at home, so each one took awhile to make."

The hardest of the four images in her latest batch of creations was the female behind, Murphy said.

"The butt was really hard to sculpt. I wanted to get it nice and even and give it a feminine softness so it would actually feel like a woman's butt. It took me days to sculpt all the curves right, but I'm told it does feel like a woman's butt in a G-string," she told AOL News.

In an interview last year with the daily Toronto Star, Murphy said many people have bought her books and images as art objects, and most buyers have been sighted patrons.

As for whether it's art or porn, "it depends on your eye," she said.

The four new images are supposed to be a placeholder of sorts while Murphy works on a new book of 3-D nudes, according to Murphy's interview with the Star.

"(The next book will) be much more erotic...with couples," Murphy said.

  • Joshua Norman

    Joshua Norman is a Senior Editor at CBSNews.com.

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