Anatomy of the Hidden Vagina

Anatomy of the Hidden Vagina (50X67cm) combines etching and screenprinting. It is a composition with multiple small plates depicting medieval and religious iconography, with a central vagina-wound motif and an anatomical illustration of the uterus referencing Andrea Vesalius’ De Humani Corporis Fabrica. It considers and questions the gendering of the body within a medieval historical context, looking at the symbolic interconnections between the anatomist’s cut and the vagina, and the discourse of secrecy, unveiling, discovery and truth surrounding anatomical imagery. A fantastic book that elucidated many of these themes is Katharine Park’s Secrets of Women: Gender, Generation and the Origins of Human Dissection.

Anatomy of the Hidden Vagina. Edition of 6