Maikue Vang

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Ritual Markings of Moon Goddess, Goddess Panels (36″ x 120″ ea.), cotton, natural and synthetic dye, thread, $175

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Ritual Markings of Moon Goddess, Goddess Panels (36″ x 120″ ea.), cotton, natural and synthetic dye, thread, $175

I am a Milwaukee based fibers and textiles artist whose work addresses taboos of the female body such as the menstrual cycle. This exploration encompasses other issues including the subject of loss, healing, and empowerment from trauma through ritualistic and obsessive processes such as repetition in image making and adornment in the objects I create.

My work addresses the concept of trauma as a non-representational and non-repetitive encounter that permeates affects of loss, conflict, and healing. At the same time I explore methods of cultural subversion through retelling and recreating myths about the female body. This combination of addressing trauma and recreating myths about the body is to prevent re-traumatization of the viewer and the survivor.

My current work utilizes process as ritual in order to challenge taboos through representations of the menstrual stain as a mark made by the female body, which in turn becomes a method of empowerment through ritual and obsession. The repetitious imagery of the red mark on fabric demonstrates an obsessiveness with the menstrual stain that begins to take the silhouetted form of the goddess figure which, in some cultures, represent fertility, the female deity, the mother, and the giver of life.

I transform everyday fibers and textiles mediums into symbols and ritualistic objects; the stain becomes the goddess, the red dye for blood, and the color red as a symbol of empowerment.