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


"Freedom with Wix"
Encaustic collage, 5" x 7"
Leigh Radtke, 2004

"Fax 1930"
Encaustic collage, 5" x 7"
Leigh Radtke, 2004


"Cashay Tampon Insertion Instructions"
Encaustic and batik, 8" x 11"
Leigh Radtke, 2004




The artist's postcard, front and back,
announcing her exhibit in 2004.
All art and the artist's statement are copyright 2004 Leigh Radtke.

NEXT: Next page of Leigh Radtke's art here.

See and read more about Wix, fax and Cashay.

Leigh Radtke's - the artist - statement:

My life as an artist began with a monotype printing class taken at Fogbelt Studios in the Sunset. I fell in love with printing. I discovered that printing is playing. I play with oil based inks and all sorts of collage materials such as, magazine clippings, plastic dolls, dried plants, plastic fruit, pieces of flags, and recently Barbie. Printing had lead me to resin and encaustic mixed media pieces. Left to my own devices my political bent peaks out in my work and my love of Americana can not be denied. What I would most like to convey is that I can express my political views, make fun of the absurdities of our culture and represent nature all while completely enjoying myself!

I am an artist and a poet. I have exhibited at The Sanchez Art Center, with the Santa Cruz Art League, Northern California Arts, in group shows with the Sunset Artists Society and one of my Barbie's was in Altered Barbie's 2004! My poems have been published in the Adirondac review, Shampoo Poetry, and Hazel Street.

Now that the formalities are done, let me tell you a little about my art. One day while reaching for a tampon the insertion instructions fell to the floor. I thought that the instructions would make a wonderful collage element. Then I came across MUM. How wonderful those old images are! Well to make a long story short, Harry allowed me to use the images and an encaustic collage series was born. One of my goals with these collages was to make the viewer need to take a close look to understand the subject matter. To see a collage and think, 'oh how pretty', and then smile! Another goal was to bring tampons out as the bell of the ball! To make them look pretty, happy, and fun! I hope I have succeeded!!! My encaustic collages often consist of wax, nylons, plastic, thumbtacks, wallpaper, cyanotype prints, monotype prints and pieces of a photograph. The translucent quality of wax makes it a great collage medium. This see-through-ness is something I really enjoy and use a lot in my art.

Please feel free to e-mail me at

All art and the artist's statement are copyright 2004 Leigh Radtke

NEXT artist: Jacqueline Rixon
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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