Flow series



Papia Ghoshal has done more than 500 canvas using her menstraution blood for last few years. The inspiration was from her published poetry book 'DAYS OF MENSTRUATION' in January, 2003.

In her views , ''A woman’s menstrual flow is so easily seen as a river of separation by men. They have traditionally interpreted it as a sign of our weakness, our uncleanliness, our humiliation.''

Menstruation is a word which can still, even in the year 2009, infuriate and disgust men who are considered by society at large as ‘liberal’, ‘sensitive’, ‘educated’. Through images which the menstrual blood inspired and which it opened for me – because of its power, its pain, its refreshing flow – I tried in the poems of Days of Menstruation to offer for any woman reader an escape out of the mental cage in which we have all for so long been locked, and also to show all readers, female or male, the transformative qualities that I felt are present in the menstrual cycle.

I am transcreating my inner self, at its most intensely female, into the sinews and muscles and rhythms of the world we all share, thus feminising it beyond the interpretive reach of the male. I have also shaped penises from my own blood, with a deliberate intention of imposing my creative dominance on this most widely worshipped symbol of male authority.

Papia –'' in a further exploration of the transcreative processes which so fascinate and empower me – the flow of male semen ejaculated specifically at my behest for me to paint with. That union of blood and semen is for me one of the few that approaches real gender equality.

I offer my Flow paintings to women everywhere – as tokens of our determination to gain a true and permanent liberation from our age-old confines.''