During the life of a textile, the stain is often fatal for the item, especially if from the body. Corporeal fluids have elicited strong reactions of disgust and repulsion throughout many cultures, menstrual blood being the most consistently abject of those fluids. That belief has shaped how women are regarded in societies from pre-history to the present day, as women are continually taught to hide the process from others and to believe it to be dirty and shameful. By replicating the stains larger than life and in rich layers of thread, I want to entice the viewer to confront those mixed responses of attraction/repulsion as something lush and luxurious, yet unclean.

For Euphemenses, I opted to move away from the ease of recognizing the stains┬áto mimic a more expressive, abstract style. ┬áThe marks are lush and vivid, but the title reminds the viewer of what they are looking at…and the uncomfortable proximity of being this close to something this abject, yet beautiful.