Menarche Remembered

Menarche Remembered--Christine Stoddard

Menarche Remembered--Christine Stoddard

Artist Statement: 

We still live in a world where women so often don’t have a voice. Exploring feminine power and energy is integral to all that I create as an artist. I feel that energy and power everywhere in nature, which is one of the reasons why I am drawn to flora and fauna imagery in my work. The feminine is natural and good and we must honor it. We must let it speak. We must give it equal importance in every conversation. Of course, there are some conversations women do not seem "allowed" to have at all. One example: anything concerning menstruation. 

 

Too often, women's experiences with menstruation are stigmatized or ignored. Yet menstruation is a part of our lives. Even women who do not have periods must think about periods. That is why I wanted to stage a photo series on menarche, the word for a woman's first-ever period. Menarche is an event that has assumed an almost mythical status.


Bio: Christine Stoddard is a Salvadoran-Scottish-American writer and artist who lives in Brooklyn. Her visuals have appeared in the New York Transit Museum, the Ground Zero Hurricane Katrina Museum, the Poe Museum, the Queens Museum, the Condé Nast Building, George Washington University's Gallery 102, and beyond. In 2014, Folio Magazine named her one of the top 20 media visionaries in their 20s for founding Quail Bell Magazine. In summer 2017, Christine will be the artist-in-residence at Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Art Center, a Smithsonian affiliate in Dowell, Maryland. She is a graduate of VCUarts and is currently pursuing her MFA in Digital & Interdisciplinary Art Practice at CUNY City College in New York City.