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 |
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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 |
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Norwegian menstruation exhibit |
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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

©2005 Gina

Gina writes,

The work is my first attempt at menstrual blood art.  It pretty much created itself in the sense that initially I hadn't pictured it being quite like it turned out - I more envisioned protraying myself atop a waterfall looking down - but as I painted and as the figure began to appear more to the side of the page and walking along where the waterfall and the water below meet, I realized this "in the thick of things" portrayal was much more suited to my mood. Also, to me, the pool of water also looks like a pool of fire - I found this interesting because I had very recently had a conversation with a friend of mine about the pseudo-morality we had both been exposed to as children and the topic of "hell" came up and about "eternal burning" - I can see that image too in the picture.  Additionally, I like the idea of fire and water meeting, and the figure walking through where they meet, because I feel that that interpretation expresses the duality of my Scorpion personality - the internal conflict/civil war between the best and worst in me, the way that, much like water will put out flames, or flames will evaporate water, they can't exist side by side simulataneously or live in harmony.

The blood itself is from the second day of my menstrual cycle, the picture was completely finger-painted, and I didn't have a Keeper [menstrual cup] or anything so I used the finger-to-vagina, finger-to-paper method (I don't know if there's a technical name for the different ways to do it).

A bit about me: I am 27 years old, I use to live on the Lower East Side in NYC, but now I live near Lancaster, PA. (I prefer NYC by far!) I'm halfway through my sophomore year of college, and I have two majors, journalism and sociology. One day I hope to help people who suffer with drug addiction (particularly heroin addiciton), either through sociological or journalistic work, as well as use my powers of the press to call out injustices and truly stand up for the underdog. I am also interested in, and beginning to work towards, writing a book on poverty in the U.S.

When I'm not busy with schoolwork, I mostly write poetry, which is my main creative outlet. I'm also really into astrology and all different genres of music. Also, I really enjoy spending time with my friends, who are an eclectic bunch, and also the most loving, supportive friends a gal could ask for.

NEXT artist: Kat Grandy
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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