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Beauty in Blood

Lewis + Lewis

Menstruation, Body Politics, & Art. If I have learned anything over the last year of producing Beauty in Blood, it is that menstruation matters more than most people in society are willing to recognize; it is deeply embedded in our global body politics and is a major contributor to the vast gender inequity between men and women today. Institutionalized hierarchies maintain and support the outdated patriarchal belief that menstruation makes the female body inferior to the male body. It is a natural, messy but beautiful part of life. Just because it is not a shared experience doesn’t mean it needs to be a divisive topic that aids in gender inequity. Beauty in Blood asserts that menstruation needs to be seen to help normalize the female body and to acknowledge this part of the female experience by inviting the viewer to take a closer look and reflect on their personal gut reactions to the subject of menstruation.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 1 inch
  • Medium: Blood & Water
  • Width: 18 inches
  • Year created: 2013
  • Height: 12 inches

About Lewis + Lewis

The spousal collaborators started the macrophotography project in 2012 and their work was included in 13 exhibitions internationally within the first 16 months, including Toronto, Detroit, New York, Denver and Stockholm. This summer their work was added to The Kinsey Institute's permanent art collection at Indiana University-Bloomington.