Artist: Minerva Amiss
Medium: Epoxy resin, menstrual cup.
Size: 9.1 × 9.1 x 4 cm
Certificate of authenticity: Yes.
In this sculpture a large amount of the menstrual cup was left to protrude from the resin to allow for tangibility in understanding about the soft textile of the cup. The menstrual cup as we recognise it today was invented in 1937 by Leona Chalmers but only managed to gain ongoing recognition from the late 80s and has finally now become mainstream with growing internet related searches over the last 10 years. Having a reusable menstrual product was seen as disgusting up until very recently and many womxn would never go back now.
“I started using a menstrual cup about four months ago, I was tired of tampons and sanitary pads which are uncomfortable, often carriers of vaginal infections and have a smaller absorbing capacity than cups; which can absorb double the amount of blood than regular tampons or pads, which is why you can use the cup for twelve or more hours straight. My menstrual cup changed my life for the better: I put it inside in the morning, empty and wash it before going to bed and put it back inside until the next morning, so I don’t have to think about changing many times a day which is a relief. Cup is made of a soft organic material that adapts perfectly to your body, it’s really comfortable and I always feel clean and safe. If well maintained it can last about ten years, no waste of money, better for the environment because and completely recyclable."