See art by Mayra Alpízar | Carlota Berard | Jennifer Boe | Roz Bonnet | Luiza Brown | Nikoline Calcaterra | Judy Chicago | Selin Cileli | Maldoror Capvt Corvi | Maribel Cruz | Thomasin Durgin | Natalie Aniela Dybisz | Elvira | Anne Encephalon | Hélène Epaud | Quiara Z. Escobar | Fanni Fazekas | Pat Fish | Julie Gaw | Gina | Kat Grandy | Martina Hoffmann (1 & 2) | Jelena | Judy Jones | Margaret Kalms | Brina Katz | Lorraine Lamothe | Ria Lee | Sharon Lee | Lana Leitch | Carol Nathan Levin | Katy Luxion | Sarah McCutcheon | Isa Menzies | Megan Morris | M. Parfitt | Petra Paul | Ana Elena Pena | Melina Piroso | Elentye Paulauskas-Poelker | Leigh Radtke | Jacquelyn Rixon | Isa Sanz | Vladislav Shabalin | Nelson Soucasaux | Paula Speakman | Alexandra Steiner | Melina Szapiro | Von Taylor | Jean Tracy | Joseph Tonna | Jessica Wagner | Jennifer Weigel | Terry Wunderlich | Tamara Wyndham | New Guinea menstrual hut carving
Art of Menopause by Coni Minneci
Ancient Peruvian menstrual art
If you create or own art concerning menstruation or menopause and are interested in showing it on thesepages (it's free!), contact MUM
Marie Claire magazine (Italian edition) featured several of the above artists in an article about this museum and menstruation in 2003. The newspaper Corriere della Sera (Io Donna magazine) (Milan, Italy) and the magazine Dishy (Turkey) showed some of the artists in 2005 in articles about this museum.
CONTRIBUTE to Humor, Words and expressions about menstruation and Would you stop menstruating if you could?
Some MUM site links:
MUM address & What does MUM mean? |
Email the museum |
Privacy on this site |
Who runs this museum?? |
Amazing women! |
Art of menstruation (and awesome ancient art of menstruation) |
Artists (non-menstrual) |
Asbestos |
Belts |
Bidets |
Birth control and religion |
Birth control drugs, old |
Birth control douche & sponges |
Founder bio |
Bly, Nellie |
MUM board |
Books: menstruation & menopause (& reviews) |
Cats |
Company booklets for girls (mostly) directory |
Contraception and religion |
Contraceptive drugs, old |
Contraceptive douche & sponges |
Costumes |
Menstrual cups |
Cup usage |
Dispensers |
Douches, pain, sprays |
Essay directory |
Examination, gynecological (pelvic) (short history) |
Extraction |
Facts-of-life booklets for girls |
Famous women in menstrual hygiene ads |
Feminine napkin, towel, pad directory |
Founder/director biography |
Gynecological topics by Dr. Soucasaux |
Humor |
Huts |
Links |
Masturbation |
Media coverage of MUM |
Menarche booklets for girls and parents |
Miscellaneous |
Museum future |
Norwegian menstruation exhibit |
Odor |
Olor |
Pad, towel, napkin directory |
Patent medicine |
Poetry directory |
Products, some current |
Puberty booklets for girls and parents|
Religion |
Religión y menstruación |
Your remedies for menstrual discomfort |
Menstrual products safety |
Sanitary napkin, towel, pad directory |
Seguridad de productos para la menstruación |
Science |
Shame |
Slapping, menstrual |
Sponges |
Synchrony |
Tampon directory |
Early tampons |
Teen ads directory |
Tour of the former museum (video) |
Towel, pad, sanitary napkin directory |
Underpants & panties directory |
Videos, films directory |
Words and expressions about menstruation |
Would you stop menstruating if you could? |
What did women do about menstruation in the past? |
Washable pads |
Read 10 years (1996-2006) of articles and Letters to Your MUM on this site.
Leer la versión en español de los siguientes temas: Anticoncepción y religión, Breve reseña - Olor - Religión y menstruación - Seguridad de productos para la menstruación.

The Art of Menstruation at the Museum of Menstruation and Women's Health

The art of Katy Luxion, page 2 (page 1)

Read about the artist and her work at the bottom of this page.

All photos, art and text copyright 2011 Katy Luxion


Katy Luxion was born and raised in the western suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. From childhood, it was obvious that she has a passion for the arts, and has spent the better part of her life pursuing that goal, both in and outside of academia.

Katy holds an Associate's in Fashion Design from College of DuPage, a Bachelor's in Interactive Media Studies with a focus in Graphic Design at North Central College, and recently completed her Masters of Fine Arts in Studio Art with an emphasis in Design and Sculpture at Memphis College of Art.

Her work has been featured all throughout the United States, including Chicago and Memphis, and was recently displayed at the Kinsey Institute in Indiana.


"An unopened box is only a vessel, a package, a container. Yet, because the contents are unknown, a box has a powerful air of mystery. It lures with the promise that something desirable lies concealed inside."

­ Tony Lydgate*

A box is an object that we associate with function, with little to no additional thought. It stores our belongings, hiding them away from sight until we have a need for them. But what happens when we're told this function, or purpose, has been removed? Or when the general opinion of society suggests that we should be uncomfortable or secretive about owning or using these objects?

When euphemisms (i.e., box) are connected back to the human body, they serve as stand-ins for female genitalia. Within this body of work the box stands in for my uterus in two ways. The first is to look at how menstruation has a history of being concealed and why these taboos have remained in place. As all of the boxes have lids, simulated blood stains reside within the boxes. I've found that female sexuality, or the other way in which my uterus is viewed, tends to also remain concealed. The boxes are able to open and close, allowing for the menstrual blood to flow, while implying that upon reaching menarche a woman becomes sexually viable. Once there is a presence of sexual activity, the boxes become stained, being further set apart from the rest by having broken or dysfunctional lids.

The installation of the work plays an important role in how the work is seen as well.

As you enter the gallery, a table with gloves and legends serve as an invitation to the viewer, offering interaction with the work. The height of the table will be level with the shelves that will follow it along the wall, the top resting at 35". With the shelves at this height, the boxes correlate directly to the height of my uterus. Sitting next to the couch is a shorter version of the tables, supporting a legend along with a pair of gloves and the box symbolizing the only cycle I've missed.

Each box represents an event, a menstrual cycle that has taken place within my life. My own journey with sexuality and womanhood has been shaped by those menstrual experiences. A fainting couch, upholstered in lace and silk chiffon, accompanies the boxes. Placed near the arm of the couch is a simulated menstrual stain. The size of the stain is as if I was caught by surprise, or experienced leaking during a cycle while I was seated on the couch. The legs of the chair are mimic human legs. Paired with a front medallion (vagina) and back medallion (anus) that mimic the body, the couch becomes a stand-in for myself.

The times where staining is seen on the outside of the box is due to leaking or accidental staining, which is common during menstruation.

The menstrual taboos help to shield female sexuality as a means of curbing disease and control the population of early cultures, so as not to run out of resources.

The latex gloves mimic the use of latex condoms, as well as the gloves that are worn during medical exams.

* Lydgate, Tony. The Art of Making Elegant Wood Boxes. New York: Sterling Pub., 1993. Print.

Next artist: Sarah McCutcheon
See all the artists in the links in the left-hand column.

If you create or own art concerning menstruation or menopause and are interested in showing it on these pages (it's free!), contact MUM

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