Alyssa Eustaquio is a recent graduate of San Jose University’s MFA program. Eustaquio’s work addresses women’s issues presented through the lens of today’s young woman. Eustaquio explores previous waves of Feminism and the relationship between her self-perceived role in the world and that of which her predecessors and counterparts expect her to play. Her interest in objects and spaces came through the realization that society is still immensely gendered; our objects and surroundings dictate and reinforce gender expectations. It is through the subtle alterations in the familiar that Eustaquio highlights the complexities that make feminism so interesting. The melding of history, politics, economics and expectation from popular culture, race and generation has created a Feminism that is multifaceted. Embracing these complexities and the friction, Eustaquio’s goal is to foster discussion in hopes of creating further understanding of the different parties involved and overall broadening of Feminism’s audience.
What amazes me is that within two decades, the marketing for female needs products has changed immensely. Commercials have adopted humor as a way to talk about my menstruation and my maxi pad choice. The packaging even has shifted from discrete pastel plastic with paisley prints to sleek boxes filled with candy colored wrappers. Yet for me, what resonate are the commercials from my childhood where mystery blue liquid in test tubes and beakers would be poured onto maxi pads. This was to show me how absorbent their products were; to trust its protection and that I could confidently wear light colored bottoms. In Cycle I bring back the clinical, sterile approach to highlight the changes that have occurred to make my menstruation a more palatable situation and conversation between the short time frame between my pre-pubescence and adulthood.
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