Editorial illustrations for SCENA9, for an article about how people in communist Romania related to menstruation before 1989, versus how they relate to it now.
I thought about using red flowers to represent menstruation, as in its essence, blood is a symbol of life.
Before the fall of the communism, menstruation was a tabboo subject and was seen as something dirty, shameful and inappropriate to be discussed openly.
In time, after 1989, the perception has changed a lot, but people still learn how to adress it more freely.
In this one I've illustrated the flowers as a detailed crop of a bigger picture, as a metaphor for the way we are learning to look at it now: straight forward, willing to understand it and celebrate it for what it is- a normal physiological function that stands at the basis of life.
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