Saturday, June 14, 2008
In 1998 I finished a piece called "The Menstruation Theater". I had been making puppet theaters for my daughter at the time (shadow, small figure and hand puppet theaters) and decided to make a larger scale theater for what some people have referred to as the "menstruating puppet". The puppet herself was made of all recycled materials including an old pair of linen pants that had stopped being wearable and some jewels from my Grandmother's costume jewelry collection. There are some areas on the puppet that were painted canvas (her nipples and eyes) The hair was purchased doll hair. The theatre itself was linen tablecloth wrapped around a cheap wooden microwave cart. There are four scenes on the bottom: physical challenge, menses maintenance, emotional turmoil and environmental impact. The shadow figures on the sides of the front were from an old school educational packet-I suppose cut-outs for a bulletin board-for anti-drug campaign which I embellished with acrylic paint. The theatre stands 30" x 52" x 18". It was my original intention that this piece would be viewed in a quiet room with empty chairs that people could come and view. It is a static exhibition. On my website there is a fictional story about the theatre and additional information. This piece is also included on the website: Museum of Menstruation and Women's Health
Sorry for the sales pitch but like everything life is expensive and there are always bills to be paid. If you like my work and want to support my endeavors please consider purchasing a painting. I have just put up the painting, "A Silver Titter Stole My Baby" on Ebay. It is a painting I'm proud for artistically as well as socially. Please feel free to pass the link to friends and family members and if you are so inclined feel free to purchase this painting for yourself.