Actually, it wasn't so much a dry spell as it was a period of brainstorming and ruminating on images. Then after learning about my next opportunity to show my work, the creativity exploded and I began to release all my ideas.
Now, I understand that it's totally cliche for a female artist to work out her sexual hostility by using emasculating images of penises in her work. But that is not where this series comes from. This series began as a housewarming present for my dear friend Sara who has a healthy interest in flaccid penises. In fact, she finds them absolutely adorable. Since we are embarking on an epic collaborative Penis Project together (I'll keep you posted), I wanted to make her something to get her excited (in more ways than one) about the fun we are going to have in my current media of choice, Papel Picado.
I also realized that I wanted to subvert the power and virility usually associated with images of the penis. I used common metaphors for masculinity and the phallus and surrounded the flaccid members with them as a way to mock them--in a fun, non-aggressive way. By portraying the flaccid penis rather than an erect penis the power is stripped from the organ, interestingly making it more vulnerable and somehow effeminate.