In Progress: Feminism by Megan Sanderson
"𝘐𝘯 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘴: 𝘍𝘦𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘴𝘮" is a collection of pieces exploring various aspects of societal femininity by examining our relationship with typically ‘feminine’ products and gender. Using these products, I change their function to attempt to remove taboo and add humour. By converting used intrauterine devices (IUDs) to earrings, menstrual cups to tealights, and brassieres to masks I hope to show how changing context can highlight their objectivity.
I also built upon found objects like a toy slot machine and clothes hanger to explore different themes. The slot machine outputs a ‘win’ of coins if you land on cis, white, and male. Thereafter, you gain the number of quarters inputted by the previous losers. How might we all be the mercy of societal privilege? The hangers are a decorative reminder of the fight for abortion rights and the wish to ‘never again’ resort to back alley abortions.
Finally, the photographs, titled “Product Exchange”, emphasize the taboo faced around the transportation of menstrual products in public spaces like school or work settings. Here, I wish to showcase how I really want to carry pads and tampons around with me – behind the ear like a pen, between two fingers like a cigarette, or peeking out of my back pocket like a wallet.
Again, all menstrual products are simply objects. The taboo we assert onto them is of our own social ‘rules’. On their own, they are mostly plastic and paper products that serve a purpose. Why should we feel ashamed?
About Megan Sanderson
Megan Sanderson is a local artist whose art is influenced by her plant research as well as her activism. A recent graduate from Mount Allison University, she utilizes mixed media to convey messages pertaining to women’s rights, mental health, menstruation, and the environment.
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Visit Necessary Arts Collective in The Walkway Downtown Guelph, to see the show in the window of N/A Gallery.