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The Menstrual Cycle Exhibited

Carina Ubeda, from Chile collected blood from her menstrual cycle for 5 years, then using embroidery hoops, she displayed 90 pieces of soiled cloth, embroidered the words ‘Production’, ‘Discard’ and ‘Destroyed beneath each stain, and set up and exhibition at the Center of Culture and Health in Quillota, the cloths, which Ms Ubeda used instead of tampons or pads, are presented as ‘an abstract image’, her work represented the menstrual cycle.

Like Casey Jenkins, Carina’s reasons for dong this work is similar to my own, her thought on this closely relates to what I spoke about in my Dissertation regarding female body empowerment, our reasons for decoration, exploiting, exploring our bits being an example of women showing who is in control of our bodies.

In an article featured in the daily mail about her exhibition she says;

‘We can create life,’ she said. ‘[These comments] are a little expected of men, however, some of the female comments fill me with sadness.’

And Silvana Sáez added: ‘Male blood is celebrated for being brave while ours is a shame.

‘This won’t change until we release our body as the first stage of political struggle, repression and male power of centuries.’

Her comments are in response to some of the comments left about her work, some calling it ‘Disgusting’, ‘Why would anybody want to see this?’, people have gona as far as to say ‘Oh my….that is disgusting! I do not have a degree in art, but I’m still sure it’s not art!!’ and commenting that Carina is ‘one sandwich short of a picnic’.

I do see the controversies in art such as this, having your period is as natural as breathing air, it may not be beautiful to look at but who said art has to be beautiful! It;s the meaning behind the work that people aren’t seeing because society has forced a feeling of shame an embarrassment on things as natural as our human form!

 

Confronting and abstract? Placed in embroidery hoops, 90 pieces of the soiled cloths hang next to dangling apples, which are meant to represent ovulation

Marks of women: Miss Ubeda then stitched words like 'Production', 'Discard', and 'Destroyed' below each of the stains

 


Fannys for thought? Casey Jenkins and her impressive knitting skills

While looking for artist inspiration I remembered reading about a woman who knitted using wool kept in her vagina… at the time I didn’t give it too much thought, I did think power to her though for being so innovative! Now that I’m basing my work on the human form and looking closely at the female body I have a lot more time and respect for her work and reasoning behind it. Casey Jenkins work, Casting off my Womb, has a close connection to what I what I want to express through my current project, and she is an inspriation. Her work helps me not to fear what others think of the work you produce, and confirms my thoughts that the body is the most natural, common thing we know, its not scary it isn’t  embarrassing and it’s here to stay!  Here is a video feed are some pictures of her work;

Vaginal Knitting I The Feed

For her performance piece, each day Casey inserts a ball of wool inside herself and begins to knit using it

Casey Jenkins spends 28 days knitting from a ball a wool inserted inside her vagina

 

 

 

 


‘Yoni’ Casting

YONI CASTING

Yoni (योनि) is the Sanskrit word for the vagina.

It is the divine passage, womb or sacred temple. The word covers a range of meanings, including: place of birth, source, origin, spring, fountain, place of rest, repository, receptacle, seat, abodehome, lair, neststable.

Donna Norton does vaginal casting as an art form, she moulds and sells the casts, to which you may decorate yourself or have cut into a specific shape.

She explains her interest of Yoni casting;

The female form has always been a subject for artists who are fascinated with the curves, folds and beauty of a woman’s body.
I started incorporating the Yoni into my artwork about 10 years ago as I explored body casting techniques and found that I could create the artwork that I wanted to by using plaster moulds, alginate and clay. My work is inspired by nature in all its forms so I love being able to combine the human form with the natural textures of leaves, ammonites, stones and tree barks.

 


Tree Vagina 

A beautiful vagina shaped hole in a tree… I found this while exploring Tintern last week, it has inspired all sorts of erotic nature art, watch this space! 

  


Clone-A-Willy

The Science of Penis Casting


How to cast a vagina

The Casting Process


The Great Wall Of Vagina

While researching genital casting for my project I came across artist Jamie McCartney. his work really is something else, and is a beautiful example of celebrating the female body. I’m hoping to get some sort of interview with him to ask about the process of genital casting and would like to know the reactions he received about his work!

Please visit The Great wall of Vagina, its a really interesting read!

Making the Great Wall of Vagina-4