There were large-format oil paintings of La Croix sparkling water cans and giant ceramic sculptures of Xanax bars. An exhibit called Young Thug as Paintings —which originated as a meme that places photos of the rapper against works of fine art—was especially popular with the highfalutin art crowd. The other photo is from a woman named Ona, who is also played by Schrager.
Artist and model Leah Schrager has earned 3. The curvy brunette goes by the name Ona Artist , and has achieved Insta-fame by using her bum as a canvas. But "bum artist" Leah uses props and backgrounds to showcase her rear in a tasteful way — so Instagram won't take the snaps down.
By Ana Finel Honigman. In all her artistic guises, Leah Schrager is a beautiful woman. Whether harnessing her beauty to create art as her Instagram cam-girl identity, Ona; as Sarah White The Naked Therapist ; or under her own name, Schrager confronts the power, privileges, pitfalls, and prejudices of being a sex-positive, confident woman in command of her own sexual pull. Schrager launched Ona in as an active cam-worker and conceptual art-project pushing cam-girl aesthetics and the boundaries between sex work and the artists who sell postmodern self-objectification and creative intimacy. Ona nimbly straddles lines between aesthetic and sexual arousal. Her feed is a constantly creative and arousing blend of artful angles, witty captions, seductive expressions, and tantalizing near-nudity. Instagram, as the completely contemporary not retro itineration of classic burlesque, is where Ona alongside other digital sex workers performs a strip-tease through poses, edited-in digital pasties, and cheeky comments.
The manufacturing of celebrity is something that has become more transparent in a post-Kardashian era as we can now see the building blocks of money, power and notoriety at every turn. What sets her apart from other artists, however, is an unashamed desire to live the life of an A-lister. Tell us about The Celebrity Project. How did the premise come about? What are you trying to say by becoming Ona? Leah Schrager: The idea came to me in the last semester of my MFA program when professors and some students kept saying that the images of myself that I was placing in my art were too sexy to be art.