Reframing Humanity's Oldest Taboo



Menstrala is the Official Name of the Visual Arts Movement Now Academically Recognized For Its Worldwide Cause:

Advocating Valuable Changes for Present & Future Generations of Menstruating Women

Symbol of rebirth, the Phoenix firebird rises from menstrual blood.

Why create art with this medium?

"The Medium Is The Message"
~ Marshall McLuhan  


Forbidden to be seen in society, the medium conveys a dangerous stigma. Some believe that merely looking at menstrual blood is harmful. Consequently, menstruating women deal with this least understood taboo in various ways.


Since the origin of the taboo, the medium has always held the power, by its very nature, to bring changes to not only to the menstruating teenagers and women, but also to human consciousness. 


Why is Menstrala an academically recognized and socially acceptable visual art movement? The art portrays the menstruant's experience with the medium - how she feels, how see copes, and how menstruating shapes her whole outlook on herself and her life. The art form also exposes society's attitude towards menstruation.


Menstrala Art Collections Can Raise Funds for Women's Causes



Menstrala invoke emotional urgency, which can redirect a critical awareness to women's issues such as: economic & emotional relief to underprivileged girls (menstrual poverty); educational reform in schools; cultural validation to girls' first rite of passage; advocating better medical solutions and deeper research into the debilitating health problems caused by menstruation and menopause; and, introducing a mindful menstruation practice.

If My Thoughts Had Wings

Setting The Stage for Expressing Menstrual Emotions Through Visual Art

Since 2000, Menstrala have been setting the stage for a new age in which girls worldwide can deflect the shame of bleeding and begin personally defining their spirituality and expressing their emotions toward their menstrual experience, sexuality and feminine identity. Now they can, if they choose, contribute their menstrual paintings to the universal, academically accepted visual arts movement that is officially called Menstrala.

Rebalancing Outdated Values

Placing a higher value on menstruation with the support of Menstrala rebalances the destructive programming honed on girls. The art movement raises awareness of the need for educational health reforms, such as CeMCOR's Endowment Fund. Since its inception in 2002, The Centre for Menstrual Cycle & Ovulation Research at the University of British Columbia promotes new medical standards in women's health. 

Silverfish Spirits, painted in September 2000, is the genesis of the Menstrala collection of 88 artworks.


Numerous Menstrala have appeared in documentary films:

Period: The End of Menstruation
Moon Inside You
A Flowering Tree

The Golden Culmination Flower of the Four Seasons


What had once begun as an online blog of visually journaling  "Pain-Things," unwittingly ignited a swarm of memes on within months of their first publication on The Spiraling Moon LiveJournal.

Served to the Vatican

The jpeg of October Flight, Menstrala No. 42, was requested and served to the Vatican's website domain on November 9, 2002.

The 1st International Menstrala Competition, 2014

Over 100 Entries

In 2014, Vanessa Tiegs was invited to serve as a judge in the first international Menstrala painting competition organized by a University in Mexico. Increasing numbers of artists around the world have begun choosing to address menstruation visually.

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