Suzanne’s Story

   * Vulvodynia is a persistent, unexplained chronic pain that effects the vulvar area and occurs without an identifiable cause. It has only recently been recognised by doctors as a real syndrome.* * Bulimia is an emotional disorder involving distortion of body image and an obsessive desire to lose weight, in which bouts of extreme overeating are followed by depression and self-induced vomiting, purging, or fasting.* What is your relationship with your body? It depends on the day, the hour, what I’m doing and it depends on my underwear. I could look… Read More

Searching for Sassy. Chapter 2

In a search to understand how culture effects the identity of a woman, Sassy has taken itself off to do a bit of research in different countries. Searching for Sassy is a story book of introductions. Welcoming you to meet the people you haven’t seen before and hear the views they have to share. Made up of fictional characters from different walks of life, each introduction is an impression of the people Sassy met along the way. Chapter 2 Maramures Mentality               

Searching for Sassy. Chapter 1.

In a search to understand how culture effects the identity of a woman, Sassy has taken itself off to do a bit of research in different countries. Searching for Sassy is a story book of introductions. Welcoming you to meet the people you haven’t seen before and hear the views they have to share. Made up of fictional characters from different walks of life, each introduction is an impression of the people Sassy met along the way. Chapter 1 Bucharest (and a little bit beyond).                

When I feel the most vulnerable? Stripping down to the naked truth.

This month I have been exploring the relationships women have with their bodies; what effects their self-confidence and where insecurities grow from. When I asked Rosa if she would be involved with this month’s project of Embodying, she suggested I painted her body. This process and the conversations we had throughout exposed a fragile side to one of the most confident women I know. As we discussed the relationship she has with her body, it became clear there was still a vulnerability she was wanting to face.     BB: Hi Rosa! Thanks for being a part of this project. So we’re talking about body confidence. Personally I have felt… Read More

From Ballet to Yoga, Helena Crabtree talks about how it feels to move.

Yoga, in many different ways, gives you the tools to cope with daily life. That’s what it does for me. The way I teach Yoga is about moving intuitively with your body and not against it. It’s less about the external shape that you make and more about how it feels physically, something which most of us feel out of touch with. We have lost the instinctive understanding of what our bodies know naturally. Movement is a logical way to reconnect the link between our minds & bodies, however, for me this link hasn’t always… Read More

‘Since my experience with the Nuvaring, I’m now petrified of how contraception will affect me’

For so many women, the main struggle faced with their periods is knowing which contraception to use. This conversation played a key role in the latest Sassy Event, ‘Mentioning Menstruation’, where women shared their own experiences and opinions about how they choose to manage and control their cycles. What appeared was an understanding and respect for each woman’s personal decision, an individual approach that is reflected in their own wants and needs.   Here, Ixta Belfrage retells her story of her scarring experience with the Nuvaring and how it has affected her… Read More

Artist Odilia Suanzes’s works on paper celebrate the beauty of a Menstrual Cycle

  I’ve always had problems with my periods. I‘ve had them too often. My cycle would be last for 20 days, sometimes less, between 15 –18 days. Losing a lot of blood would make me more tired.  I found having a period annoying, disgusting, making me reject the experience.     But then I questioned the idea of using the blood in my art to change my perspective about my menstrual cycle. To embrace this part of being female by creating something. Normally we will relate all the emotional ups and downs felt during the month as something negative, but we can approach it more… Read More

Giulia Mangoni in discussion with Bethany Burgoyne

London-based artist Bethany Burgoyne explores the delicate theme of abortion and the way it relates to the body through her colourful, humorous and oddly disturbing digital paintings. The awkward is placed alongside the beautiful, the angular against the curvy. In her new series ‘Homage to My Sisters’, seductive lines swim alongside repellent forms to create images that at once intrigue and cause a reaction. Although sex in an undercurrent through the work, the body in her representations refuses to be sexualized and consumed as an object. Instead, a disturbance is felt. Hairs… Read More

Bodily Exploration

Alakina Mann’s illustration ‘Sexualite Egalite Liberte’ was recently showcased in London’s “Nasty Women” Exhibition. She talks us through her ideas and thoughts about sexuality and how it has influenced her work. My drawing practice has always been quite body-lead; how it feels, how I feel about it, it’s the one thing I can trust and have complete authority on. Nobody can tell you what it’s like to live in your own body. In my bodily exploration I couldn’t help but notice that I kept coming up against a wall, a boundary of… Read More