Repurposed tampons make an artistic statement
Portugese/Parisian artist Joana Vasconcelos is known for repurposing everyday objects into staggeringly beautiful works of art.
This enormous sculpture is called Bride, and it’s made from about 14,000 OB tampons (Yes, the ones with no applicator — very eco). Vasconcelos repurposes objects like tampons and cookware into art to playfully examine our ideas about femininity and gender roles. Red Independent Heart, pictured below, is made out of plastic cutlery. Look closely to see forks, knives and spoons.
Though not exactly recycled, Vasconcelos’s materials are given new life in unexpected ways. In Dorothy, below, stainless steel pans, lids, and cement form a giant shoe. The sculpture is part of a collection named after Disney characters and iconic women like Cinderella, Marilyn, and Carmen Miranda.
In another twist on traditionally feminine materials, Vasconcelos covers objects in handmade cotton crochet.
Do you love these works as much as I do? Why do you think she called that sculpture “Bride”?
*Best. Title. Ever.