You want us to paint with what?!
Jess Cummin is a painting and print student at Glasgow School of Art and Design. What makes her different from the other artists at her school? She paints with blood. Morbid, right? It gets worse. It’s her own menstrual blood. Jess isn’t selfish about her unique idea either, she thinks everyone should join in the fun! She says, “I feel like painting with your blood brings out some sort of wild woman inside you and makes you more in touch with yourself.” No argument there, painting with your period blood is pretty wild, and not in a good way. Not thanks Jess, I’ll pass.
Not a Big Seller
Jess Cummin chooses to paint with her own menstrual blood, following the lead of ancient cave paintings. She has completed 6 paintings so far, and hangs one of the artworks in her home. Each piece features women meditating. These are very female-themed paintings, probably more so than any other art work ever. She has plans to create more and hopes that she will be able to sell them. She isn’t expecting much though. “I’d be surprised if anyone wanted to buy one, but flattered, I think people think it’s gross but it’s not,” she says. Best of luck to you, Jess.
Every Three Weeks
Jess produces her artworks fairly quickly. She says a piece will take her around 5 to 25 minutes. This is the easily part. What’s difficult for her is acquiring her, ahem, medium. She can only paint every three weeks. Women aren’t usually excited to have their period (unless they’re worried they’re pregnant) but Jess is different. Clearly. “I paint using used tampons, or collecting the blood on a brush that I place close to my private parts,” she explains. “If I have a heavier period, it’s quicker to collect the blood.” Isn’t that wonderful.
She talks about the results she receives from her “paint.” She says, “Overnight, the color changes from a bright red to a darker brown-red as the blood dries.” Jess says that to her, it is no different to using other media to paint with. She wants to mix the blood with ink so that she can achieve a more intense color. Jess says she first had the idea to paint with blood when she was painting while on her period. “One day I had a period and thought, I could paint with blood,” she says. Are you sure you didn’t get it from that episode of Criminal Minds?