Menstrual Art: Yesterday and Today with Taylor Meagher and Revathi
Taylor Meagher is an Australian based visionary Creatrix, a feminine embodiment ambassador, a menstrual advocate, and a conscious sexuality figure. Her work is centered around womanhood. It is powerfully confronting in an effort to break the stigma surrounding topics associated with being a woman. She is on a journey of awakening the feminine via the empowerment of the physical body and the natural rhythm it follows. By embodying her own journey with her menstrual cycle, sexuality, and authentic expression, she wishes to be a role model for more women to follow suit. Taylor creates her work with a variety of mediums, the most potent medium being her own menstrual blood.
Q - Thank you for joining us today. Can you please introduce yourself and how you developed your painting style?
T - I am Taylor Meagher; I live in Australia. I had been on birth control pills for close to 10 years, and in a way, I was chemically castrated. I decided to stop taking the pill on intuition. One year later, when I was travelling, I discovered that I could paint. My style was established during that time frame. My style has developed over the years with a lot of self-development, and I have also sat in numerous plant medicine journeys (verify). The idea to start painting with my menstrual blood also started during one of those journeys. It has just developed since then. I have also had a strong urge to read about menstruation, the spiritual aspects of it, the seasons, and it all sort of developed from there.
Q - Your followers on Instagram can see that your colour palette is in metallic ink with menstrual blood. Where did that idea come from? To use a diverse colour palette?
T - Well, to be completely honest with you, I have nearly planned the colour palette. It has all just been intuitive and has come out. I have always been attracted to shiny things, hence the metallic ink. And I think that the metallic ink adds a kind of dimensional, cosmic touch to it. This again stems from this virtual plant technology, plant ceremony kind of thing.
Q - From when you started menstrual art to now, how have reactions changed? In what ways have people reacted to your art changed?
T - So I have had a couple of comments about my Menstrual art in particular. There has been a contrast. A lot of people don't say anything at all because they don't know what to say. And on the other side, some people are saying, is that actually healthy? Can you actually get sick from doing that? Because it is blood. Because there is a typical thought that it is dirty. It's developing over time, and people are changing their ideas and the way they react to art. But I think that also stems from the way that I am presenting it. So when I first presented menstrual art, I guess in a way, I was afraid of what people would say. And now that I am becoming more confident and more comfortable with it myself, the audience’s reaction is changing. So I am presenting it in a more feminine, sacred way, and people are responding to that. Before, I was just kind of putting it out there because I had this desire to put it out there, but I wasn't presenting it in a way that felt safe and secure with important messages behind it. It was just trying to kind of get it out there in a rush.
Q - You recently put it out on your Instagram that you are starting a Yoni series. Could you please tell us a little bit more about that project?
T - This project is - that I am trying to break the taboo or stigma around vulvas in general, but also vulvas, particularly with body hair. I have actually not started this project yet because I have now gone down a different alleyway, but it is definitely picking up momentum. I have a lot of women who are comfortable enough to send me photos of their vulvas, and they are feeling very empowered to be a part of this project.
Q - A lot of people are doing this now. They are more empowered to put their art out there. What are some suggestions you would give upcoming artists who want to engage in menstrual art?
T - I would just say go for it! Go for it and be confident, and believe in yourself. Trust your gut instinct. If that's what you want to do, then there is a reason why. There is a reason you are doing it, and there is a message that wants to be channelled through you. And don't worry about what people are going to think. Because how people interpret your art is a message from how they view the world. So I would just say go for it.
Revathi is an artist, activist, and aspiring musician based in Chennai, India. She actively engages in various forms of performing and visual arts. She derives most of her inspiration from the nuances of human nature and existence, the female body, the socio-political issues, and her inner turmoil. She often tries to express herself by using her naked body as a canvas and/or medium, and her style of art has been described using terms suc