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    Masterpiece with Menstrual Blood

    The first time it occurred to women while they were getting menstrual cycle especially when already suffering from leakage was so shame.

    But not for Vanessa Tiegs, she just thought "how can I use this blood to pour it on the canvas and put it in a museum rather than just condemn it.

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    Vanessa Tiegs, a former professional ballet dancer and now living in San Francisco, USA.

    She started a journal entitled Spiral Moon painted in September of 2000.She was inspired by a book: Blood, breed and roses 'how the world menstruatin create'. It changed her view on the world of menstruation. Then she began to journal and paint over the painting which housed 88 of the 36 menstrual cycles. After that she chose 13 of the 88 paintings for the trophy at the Spiral Moon journal.

    These are the amazing artworks of Vanessa Menstrala Tiegs

    Masterpiece with Menstrual Blood

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    Masterpiece with Menstrual Blood

    Readers may wonder how she was using her menstrual blood to paint when it was very smelly and is certainly not hygienic?

    Apparently she had menstrual blood mixed with acrylic so that the smell is not menstrual blood rancidity but the smell of acrylic mixture that smelled. Many people snickered Vanessa and said that it is unhealthy and very disgusting. But there are a lot more that praise her artwork.

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    question is why she'd go to the effort of using menstrual blood at all when she probably had more acrylic in the mix than blood.. I'm all for pushing the bounds of expression and going about things, but I see little creative justification for this aside from shock-value.

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    Must say, I have never ever felt disgusted for what happens to a woman's body. To me it has always been natural, and just the way of things... But using it as a medium... I find it so unnaturally. This is my first impression, though I do see the idea behind it. But still. Mixed feelings I guess..

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    I think the idea of using bodily fluids in general to paint is pretty gross. Her paintings look nice but she could have just stuck with acrylic, period.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arish View Post
    Her paintings look nice but she could have just stuck with acrylic, period.


    Wait, though. Frequently, upon leaving the crapper, I've experienced nebulous feelings of disquiet and guilt, somehow certain that I could have put all that bodily waste to good use instead of just flushing it away. Now it's clear what I should have done; grab a fat turd in my fist and splodge out some fucked up fecal dove on the bathroom wall. And to think I call myself an artist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arish View Post
    I think the idea of using bodily fluids in general to paint is pretty gross. Her paintings look nice but she could have just stuck with acrylic, period.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arish View Post
    I think the idea of using bodily fluids in general to paint is pretty gross. Her paintings look nice but she could have just stuck with acrylic, period.
    What you did there, I see it.

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    Those are some pretty cool looking images. Although I can't help but feel a little grossed out knowing what it is. And along the lines of what Stoph was saying, the use of blood seems only for an additional "eeeww, interesting!" factor. I find contemporary shock-value art quite boring and to some extent embarrassing when it is done merely for the sake of an additional "gross" effect.

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    Effective way to be seen and heard I gotta say.
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    using coochie blood ruins any credibility of this work. Aside from that it looks okay. All I have to say is sepia plus crimson. I'd also like to ad I wouldn't want to be anywhere near this psycho while she's otr.

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    If you're going to show off, at least be family friendly...

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    Reminds me of a menstrual blood painting by Kevin Llewellyn:

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    Woke up this morning, found out my signature was gone..

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    Coen you beat me to it; Kevin was the first one I ever heard using menstrual blood; I like it I think it's a cool idea, and the pictures are nice too.
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    Thank goodness Cy Twombly wasn't a woman.

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    I try my best to keep an open mind to different forms of art, but this is just gross. I'm perfectly comfortable with the menstrual cycle, but I'm not about to smear my semen over a board and call it beautiful and "art". She shouldn't bother with the "condemning" spiel either, I condemn my poops to the toilet and I think everyone else should too. It's unsanitary.

    Edit: Did not mean to use that much potty language.

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    Well that's going to attract a lot of bears.
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    I think it is just good marketing behind it

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    They're all abstract, where's the painting ? I think the only value in this is shock and disgust. If you're going to use blood as the medium, you should atleast be painting an image. Or the only people that buy this wont be interested in the image, but the blood.If You have a message TRY painting some female dieties; Athena, Nike, Hera, ... so on.
    House guest conversation goes like this..."What is that ?" , "I don't know, but it was painted by menstrual blood." guest "..eewee... O_O" , " "lololol" anyways, next time, it's easy enough to get a blood draw kit at a medical equipment store...gloves, pressure band, Alcohol wipe, palpate, stick, flush, Withdraw blood, done. remove pressure band.
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    Translation: I don't really have any unique talents and can't produce anything memorable on its own merits, but I'm desperate to be a real "artist" so I will do something "shocking" in the hopes of appearing avant garde and to attract a lot of media attention and hopefully a lot of money and fame.

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    That's what's wrong with it. She claims that doing this opened her up to the "world of menstruation" yet she's done nothing to communicate that to the viewer. There is no assertion of the equality of women or validation of the feminine spirit or anything in these. Just someone squatting over a bucket and then playing with the tactility of voovoojuice and then trying to attach some deeper meaning to it as an afterthought.

    "Hey guys, menstruation can be beautiful." Isn't really a great message because the paintings aren't anything to write home about and trying to romanticize a bodily function out of context makes her look cheap.
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    Don't be hatin. So..... is she hot? Just kidding!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DamnDirtyApe View Post
    Translation: I don't really have any unique talents and can't produce anything memorable on its own merits, but I'm desperate to be a real "artist" so I will do something "shocking" in the hopes of appearing avant garde and to attract a lot of media attention and hopefully a lot of money and fame.

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    Ima ejaculate on a black canvas and black light it in a gallery. And call it "The Creation of Death"

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    I once had a nose bleed while doing a uni project, needless to say that sketchbook smells really really weird now >.>


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    I gotta say I find this more delicious then menstrual blood. You can atleast lick your fingers clean afterwards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TASmith View Post
    Don't be hatin. So..... is she hot? Just kidding!
    Now THAT'S comedy! lol
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    How about snot, vomit or ear wax? Anybody seen any snot, vomit or ear wax art? The bodily fluid genre is really pretty limited. Once we've added snot, vomit and ear wax , the movement is pretty much over.

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    I've actually seen the exhibit IRL. I don't really know what to say; on the one hand, there is a part of me that's freaked out, but another part of me kinda gets what she's trying to do.

    In the end, all I can say is that in the world of sham shock art, this I still consider somewhat valid.
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    The works arent half bad. I find the use of menstual blood and bit disturbing. But I think I get the symbolism behind it. Even in todays world we treat our bodies as if they are sinful(in one way or another). We see blood as death and death as evil, whereas all of it part of the same nature. Maybe she actually tried to break out of social context given to things, in this case the female body.

    But then again execution is important, its not what you have to say, but rather how you say it. Thats what art is to me.
    So I guess her works half-way there. Thats about it.
    Not much shock value here.

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