Symbolically across the globe, blood is representative of life. There are many metaphors often connected to war and aggression inspired by blood, ‘blood boiled’, ‘bad blood, ‘after your blood, ‘blood brothers.’ In Christianity wine and blood are interchangeable, while in China blood and water and complimentary opposites, the Yin and the Yang.
Despite the symbolic importance of blood, there are few contemporary pieces made with the substance. Exceptions to the rule include Tracey Emin’s used tampons, and Mark Quin’s Self – a frozen replica of his head made with his own blood. Real blood evokes fear and disgust; ebay considers blood a body part and prohibits its sale, while its perishable nature classes it as dangerous goods for transportation purposes.
Blood is associated with revolution, self-sacrifice and martyrdom; however in my piece I am subverting these lofty associations to explore the banality of menstruation. The sample is made from old, darned woollen blankets, to explore nurture and discomfort, scarring and repair.
Blood and menstruation is a key theme within my work, however topics of interest include....