Category Archives: Menstruation in Art

What is Menstrual Fluid and what does it Look Like?

What is menstrual fluid? Only about half of menstrual fluid is blood (the rest is cervical mucus, vaginal secretions and endometrial tissue). The blood contains sodium, calcium, phosphate, iron, and chloride. The vaginal fluids contain water, common electrolytes, organ moieties, and at least … Continue reading

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Why doesn’t Wikipedia have any photos of menstrual fluid?

Below-right is a copy of the Diagram of Menstruation on Wikipedia’s “Menstruation” page. This is the closest Wikipedia gets to portraying “menstrual blood”. For some reason the blood is in the diagram is pink (not red). Wikipedia states that “menstrual … Continue reading

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Beauty in Blood (Menstrual Art)

 Below is a menstrual art video from the Beauty in Blood project by artists Jen Lewis and Rob Lewis. I love the dynamic energy of the video, and the ‘blobby’ bits at 5.00 in particular make me smile. Jen writes, “When the time comes, Rob … Continue reading

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Menstrual Paintings Nov 2010

My second lot of menstrual paintings. In my mind there is something very organ-like (“blood-and-gutsy”) about menstrual blood. I know that menstruation is a natural and necessary event, but when I paint with the blood I still feel ever-so-slightly icky, … Continue reading

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Vanessa Tiegs “Menstrala” Paintings

Here’s a video of Vanessa Tiegs “Menstrala” paintings (they’re pretty amazing – no one can say they aren’t beautiful!):

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Menstrual Paintings (Oct 2010)

I’d heard of some menstrual cup users painting with their menstrual fluid/blood, so I wanted to have a go too. Below are a few menstrual blood paintings that I did this month. I was surprised by how non-gross it actually was to make these … Continue reading

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Menstrual Art (Lani Beloso)

Lani Beloso is a painter/photographer, as well as a long-term sufferer of very painful and heavy periods. She recently created “The Period Piece”, an art expedition showcasing 13 canvases each covered with her own menstrual blood, representing a year’s worth … Continue reading

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Menstruation Pictures & Art

Expressing menstruation in art… The image to the right portrays menstruation as a disability. Its symbolism is explained here: “The huge nose in this picture is distortional and phallic. It lends to the fairly ironic but poignant notion that the … Continue reading

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