When I think about depictions of menstruating bodies, I used to think of clear blue liquid daintily dripping onto pads with ergonomic designs and wings “for extra protection.” I used to think of hushed whispers and knowing glances on television shows that wouldn’t dare utter the word “period” for fear of losing their primetime slots. I used to think, exclusively, of women.Read More
Have you ever had the song that is undeniably yours? I don’t mean seasonally yours, à la
Single Ladies, or even yours when the lyrics match your plans for the weekend (“Play Hard”
feat. Ne-Yo and Akon, looking at you). I mean a song that reaches right into the atrium of your
pumping heart, and carves the lyrics into the chambers.
My body is mine & what I chose to do with it is totally up to me.
I was feelin' pretty cute so I took some selfies of me & my bod.Read More
she can’t know this apple
Three people are standing around me
They paint the ends of my hair two colours: orange and yellow
To turn me whole again
“It’s going to look like fire”
There were flowers waiting for me when I got home. My house soon turned into what felt like an endless supply of flora as if I suddenly decided to open a florist in my lounge room. Roses from family, lilies from colleagues, and random assortments of blooming buds from people I did not know. I remember thinking they were pretty all bunched together. I took a snap. I deleted it though, feeling my mother’s death was not the place to profit a pretty picture.Read More
stop meditating upon
perceived or otherwise
your obsession does not serve you
Inspired by aesthetics and mythology of Eastern Europe, the series portrays queer/trans women/non-binary persons of the Melbourne music scene. Featuring:
Phoebe - Drug Vicar / Dj No
Finn - Pleasure Avalanche
Lara - Lara Kills
Elspeth - Huntly
Stepanka Cervinkova is an Eastern-European immigrant living in Melbourne. She was a founding member of STEASH, a film project of like-minded artists, who decided to kick the patriarchy in the ass by promoting diversity and gender equality both on and off screen.
Open to viewers' interpretation, her artwork is infused with irony and sense of mystery. Stepanka is utilizing strong audiovisual symbols and delicate compositions in a subversive manner. She is interested in exploring paradoxes of human conditions. Her work feels menacing and empowering at the same time.
My whole life I assumed I wasn’t someone who got angry – I could feel sad of course, I could be frustrated and hurt, but rage wasn’t something I could feel. Any time I got into an argument, any time I felt I had been betrayed, I stood there, fists balled up, and tears welling in my eyes. It wasn’t anger, it couldn’t be – angry girls don’t cry.Read More
Tinted sunlight creams through the front door.
You smell like boiled milk and my fingers can’t seem
to stop finding glitter in my hair – blue, green, pink
the more I search, the more I want to discover.Read More