Tampon As is a continuous project in which I am questioning the role of the tampon in society as a symbol of menstruation. In this iteration, I have encrusted jewels onto the surfaces of four tampons and photographed them as luxury items—a treatment this typically hidden object does not usually receive.
Menstruation, rooted in superstition and stigma, has seldom been portrayed as little more than a burden. Centuries of shame and confusion have translated into hardly any representation of menstruation in art, rendering it a weakness meant to be hidden. These masterpieces depicting Venus, the Roman goddess of fertility have each been digitally edited to include a tampon. With this iteration of Tampon As, I am proposing an alternate reality in which menstruation and period products have been in the visual vernacular of western culture for centuries.