​Genesis P-Orridge and Lady Jaye

In “1993, when he met Jacqueline Breyer. Known to friends as Lady Jaye, she was a tall, Twiggy-esque blonde who had dabbled in dominatrix work, and she shared his interest in body modification. P-Orridge fell hard for her, as he tends to do (he can “swallow a lot of you,” a friend notes). He bought a brownstone that had belonged to Breyer’s grandmother, and they moved in. Breyer was equally enthralled, referring to P-Orridge—an occultist with thirteen penis piercings—as Bunny. “We fell in love the minute we saw each other, and as we became more and more obsessively in love, we had that whole feeling of ‘I wish I could eat you up. I wish I could just take you, and I become you and you become me,’ ” he says.” [1]

The two artists embarked on a $200 000 worth of plastic surgery and came to understand themselves as an ‘us’. The gender-challenging Pandrogyne project explored how they put the two identities together in order to create one.

“So much of the magnetism pulling me toward the wider project came from a desire to experience something that integrated the metaphysical elements of art and religious ritual with daily life. To do this, I could think of no better partner than my close friend and collaborator Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, who physically, mentally and psychologically lives h/er performance everyday.” [2]

[1] Orden, E. (2009) I am my own wife Available at: http://nymag.com/arts/art/profiles/58864/ (17/10/17)

[2] Delaney, J. (2017) Genesis P-Orridge and Lady Jaye: Twins Entwined Available at: https://www.nowness.com/story/twins-entwined-bight-of-the-twin-hazel-hill-mccarthy (17/10/17)

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