Tsuno, an Australian company that produces sustainable and socially conscious sanitary pads, is hosting an art exhibit that features various artists’ interpretations for menstruation. Well, rather, it features their interpretations of society’s interpretations of menstruation: Each piece is inspired by a euphemism for having a period. “Riding the crimson wave,” “mother nature’s monthly gift,” and even our favorite “Aunt Flo” all make appearances in some truly striking illustrations.
For many people there is a great deal of stigma attached to talking about periods. Participating artists like Carla McRae, hope their art starts a conversation. In an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald, McRae said, “I think it’s something that needs to be discussed more and the stigma needs to be eliminated and making work about it and talking about it is the only way to do that I think.” Art seems like a good place to start; the work in this exhibit seems to say more than the euphemisms ever could.
Cover image courtesy of Tsuno.