See art by Mayra Alpízar | Carlota Berard | Jennifer Boe | Roz Bonnet | Luiza Brown | Nikoline Calcaterra | Judy Chicago | Selin Cileli | Maldoror Capvt Corvi | Maribel Cruz | Thomasin Durgin | Natalie Aniela Dybisz | Elvira | Anne Encephalon | Hélène Epaud | Quiara Z. Escobar | Fanni Fazekas | Pat Fish | Julie Gaw | Gina | Kat Grandy | Martina Hoffmann (1 & 2) | Jelena | Judy Jones | Margaret Kalms | Brina Katz | Lorraine Lamothe | Ria Lee | Sharon Lee | Lana Leitch | Carol Nathan Levin | Katy Luxion | Sarah McCutcheon | Isa Menzies | Megan Morris | M. Parfitt | Petra Paul | Ana Elena Pena | Melina Piroso | Elentye Paulauskas-Poelker | Leigh Radtke | Jacquelyn Rixon | Isa Sanz | Vladislav Shabalin | Nelson Soucasaux | Paula Speakman | Alexandra Steiner | Melina Szapiro | Von Taylor | Jean Tracy | Joseph Tonna | Jessica Wagner | Jennifer Weigel | Terry Wunderlich | Tamara Wyndham | New Guinea menstrual hut carving
Art of Menopause by Coni Minneci
Ancient Peruvian menstrual art
If you create or own art concerning menstruation or menopause and are interested in showing it on thesepages (it's free!), contact MUM
Marie Claire magazine (Italian edition) featured several of the above artists in an article about this museum and menstruation in 2003. The newspaper Corriere della Sera (Io Donna magazine) (Milan, Italy) and the magazine Dishy (Turkey) showed some of the artists in 2005 in articles about this museum.
CONTRIBUTE to Humor, Words and expressions about menstruation and Would you stop menstruating if you could?
Some MUM site links:
MUM address & What does MUM mean? |
Email the museum |
Privacy on this site |
Who runs this museum?? |
Amazing women! |
Art of menstruation (and awesome ancient art of menstruation) |
Artists (non-menstrual) |
Asbestos |
Belts |
Bidets |
Birth control and religion |
Birth control drugs, old |
Birth control douche & sponges |
Founder bio |
Bly, Nellie |
MUM board |
Books: menstruation & menopause (& reviews) |
Cats |
Company booklets for girls (mostly) directory |
Contraception and religion |
Contraceptive drugs, old |
Contraceptive douche & sponges |
Costumes |
Menstrual cups |
Cup usage |
Dispensers |
Douches, pain, sprays |
Essay directory |
Examination, gynecological (pelvic) (short history) |
Extraction |
Facts-of-life booklets for girls |
Famous women in menstrual hygiene ads |
Feminine napkin, towel, pad directory |
Founder/director biography |
Gynecological topics by Dr. Soucasaux |
Humor |
Huts |
Links |
Masturbation |
Media coverage of MUM |
Menarche booklets for girls and parents |
Miscellaneous |
Museum future |
Norwegian menstruation exhibit |
Odor |
Olor |
Pad, towel, napkin directory |
Patent medicine |
Poetry directory |
Products, some current |
Puberty booklets for girls and parents|
Religion |
Religión y menstruación |
Your remedies for menstrual discomfort |
Menstrual products safety |
Sanitary napkin, towel, pad directory |
Seguridad de productos para la menstruación |
Science |
Shame |
Slapping, menstrual |
Sponges |
Synchrony |
Tampon directory |
Early tampons |
Teen ads directory |
Tour of the former museum (video) |
Towel, pad, sanitary napkin directory |
Underpants & panties directory |
Videos, films directory |
Words and expressions about menstruation |
Would you stop menstruating if you could? |
What did women do about menstruation in the past? |
Washable pads |
Read 10 years (1996-2006) of articles and Letters to Your MUM on this site.
Leer la versión en español de los siguientes temas: Anticoncepción y religión, Breve reseña - Olor - Religión y menstruación - Seguridad de productos para la menstruación.

The Art of Menstruation at the Museum of Menstruation and Women's Health


"Kotex says Sorry is intended to promote a positive although surreal representation of menstruation. The images were painted originally and then photographed and printed out in large scale for exhibition purposes. The style of the female body parodies the form taken by American Pin-up artist Gil Elvgren," writes the artist. 


"This is the centre-piece of my artwork on menstruation. As I have explained, the pixie represents the menstrual period, hence taking the place of what has not transpired to be a human foetus. The image is intended to be celebratory of what is commonly termed as the women's 'curse.' This image was made into a sculpted model (next page)."
MORE art by Dybisz >
Pages 1 2 3

(Next artist: Elvira)

The artist, Natalie Aniela Dybisz, England, is studying BA (Hons) English and Media at the University of Sussex, and writes,

"For a long time now I have been intrigued by menstruation as a symbol of womanhood, but more so by the imagery surrounding menstruation. The theme of my artwork started as 'Illusionism' ­ I began by looking at the Bible and questioning its authority, interpreting it as I would any media text. I then linked menstruation to this when I came across Leviticus.

"I am more interested in the attitudes to menstruation than the science of the blood itself. I therefore refrained from creating shock art or goriness; I wanted to depict menstruation in an endearing manner by using such images of strawberries and tomatoes. I turned around euphemisms that use horror imagery, such as 'the pixies are coming,' and made a surreal adaptation 'Congratulations, it's a pixie.'

"What I want to communicate is that menstruation is only as bad a thing as any bodily function, and more so, a positive function. Whilst it is unfairly seen as a taboo issue, it is beneficent for art to depict it in divergent ways. I do not want to glorify women or glorify menstruation, but as a novelty, I will spotlight menstruation as I have done in 'Congratulations, it's a pixie.' This is a metaphor for discovering you are on your period, it is not intended to allude to birth or sex at all. I have simply used the idea of birth to hyperbolise one's period, to celebrate the fact that the woman can rejoice that once again she has evaded the often oppressed responsibilities of childbearing and housewifery. Simply put, I strived to create an entertaining piece of surrealism that throws a positive light on women and menstruation."

Read her study of menstruation and the media, Professional Riding the Rag.

NEXT art by Dybisz >
Pages 1 2 3

NEXT artist: Elvira
See all the artists in the links in the left-hand column.

If you create or own art concerning menstruation or menopause and are interested in showing it on these pages (it's free!), contact MUM

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