ZINE: The Wall of My Vagina Don't Feel Like They Used To
       
     
Exhausted / We're Happy To Serve You
       
     
The Walls of My Vagina have learned to entertain
       
     
Cover for #Sharkweek Zine
       
     
page from #Sharkweek : Free Bleeding
       
     
Page from #Sharkweek : Cravings
       
     
How To Manage the Itch from an Yeast Infection
       
     
"Mermaid", a supported state of mind.
       
     
Evil Bic Razors
       
     
Untitled Investigation
       
     
#dontgiveapluck March 2016
       
     
Roots
       
     
ZINE: Frida At My Table, Book 1
       
     
"Mermaid" is a state of mind.
       
     
ZINE: The Wall of My Vagina Don't Feel Like They Used To
       
     
ZINE: The Wall of My Vagina Don't Feel Like They Used To

38 page, full-color zine.

Artist First Edition/Copy Right 2017, All Rights Reserved

I offered a prompt on social media which asked:

"What if we gave our vaginas a moment to voice how they feel?  What would they say?"

Finish the end of this sentence:

"The walls of my vagina feel..... '

With permission, I've used some of the responses given which have fueled these visuals.

Exhausted / We're Happy To Serve You
       
     
Exhausted / We're Happy To Serve You

One image from the "Walls of My Vagina..." series.

Pen & Ink, Gouache and Watercolor

The Walls of My Vagina have learned to entertain
       
     
The Walls of My Vagina have learned to entertain
Cover for #Sharkweek Zine
       
     
Cover for #Sharkweek Zine

Inspired by a conversation I overheard a couple of guys talking about how they refer to their girlfriend's period as "shark week".  This isn't a new term - just one I hadn't heard before.  It was kind of funny and I chuckled to myself.  And then... I immediately wanted to salvage that term and make it mine.

This zine was created in the first three weeks of June 2017 from the hours of 10pm-3am

gouache, watercolor, pen and ink 

page from #Sharkweek : Free Bleeding
       
     
page from #Sharkweek : Free Bleeding

"We've been bleeding each month till we gave birth to you.."

-Kiran Ghandi

Page from #Sharkweek : Cravings
       
     
Page from #Sharkweek : Cravings

Cravings are a chemically driven event, premenstrual and during menses. 

 

How To Manage the Itch from an Yeast Infection
       
     
How To Manage the Itch from an Yeast Infection

Gouache, pen & ink

6" x 9" on Strathmore Watercolor paper

2017

"Mermaid", a supported state of mind.
       
     
"Mermaid", a supported state of mind.

February 2016, Strathmore 500 series Sketchbook Mixed Media: Gouache, Marker, Pen & Ink

 

Evil Bic Razors
       
     
Evil Bic Razors

February 2016, Strathmore 500 Series Sketchbook Mixed Media: Gouache, Pen & Ink

Untitled Investigation
       
     
Untitled Investigation

February 2016, Strathmore 500 Series Sketchbook Mixed Media: Watercolor, Pen & Ink

#dontgiveapluck March 2016
       
     
#dontgiveapluck March 2016

March 2016, Strathmore 500 Series Sketchbook Mixed Media: Gouache, Pen & Ink

I challenged myself to go the full month of March without shaving, plucking, threading or waxing in order to see if I could attempt to feel totally comfortable with myself in this very raw state.  

After 7 days, I absentmindedly "cheated" by plucking two enemy hairs from my chin.  It was my only mishap.

Roots
       
     
Roots

March 2016, Strathmore 500 Series Sketchbook Mixed Media: Gouache, Watercolor, Pen & Ink

ZINE: Frida At My Table, Book 1
       
     
ZINE: Frida At My Table, Book 1

Excerpt from a mini zine which begins the conversation on where the shaming of girls & women's bodies began starting with body hair. 

"Mermaid" is a state of mind.
       
     
"Mermaid" is a state of mind.

February 2016, Strathmore 500 Series Sketchbook, Mixed Media: Gouache, Marker, Pen & Ink

This image was the first that came to mind when beginning my own internal dialog about how it feels when ingrained European beauty standards impede on my freedom to experience joy in not having to "maintain" body hair as taught or expected.