That Time of the Month
‘That Time of the Month’ was my final major project for my Fourth Year university practice. Using the concept of the werewolf to explore real social issues that women are faced with every day, highlighting them further through the Fantasy-Horror genre and utilising nostalgia and routine in order to transform mundanity into terror.
The story draws from my observations and experiences of what it is like to be a woman and a teenager frightened of her own body’s potential. The story further explores social and class differences when it comes to how we deal with menstruation, as well as other largely ridiculous social taboos- including body hair, menstruation, sex/female pleasure and body shaming- in both a family, school and larger social setting.
My use of the monster as a metaphor for menstruation is not used in order to vilify women, but to expand upon how we see ourselves and how society vilifies us. Today, people who bleed are still treated like the Other, monsters that must not be poked at, but whose “monstrousness” is frowned upon in society or simply waved away and hidden from view.
Can you help me with research or are you interested in publishing this work? Get in touch!
See more artwork samples below.