Casey Jenkins Bad Blood

How do our casual comments feed into stereotypes?

Bad Blood began with Jenkins’ 28 day performance Casting off my Womb (2013), when the artist knitted with yarn inserted daily in their vagina tracing one full menstrual cycle. Reports of the work led to millions of web views and caused furore on social media, reflecting the taboo nature of the subject.

The performance remnant, recording the cycle, sits alongside a word cloud, part-knitted with menstrual blood dyed yarn, depicting the most common words directed at the original piece from 10,000+ social media comments.

Bad Blood has been developed in collaboration with Susan Bewley, Professor of Complex Obstetrics at Kings College London. She qualified as a doctor in 1982 and worked as an obstetrician for almost 30 years. She has a degree in medical law and ethics and was the first woman trained in Maternal-Fetal Medicine in the UK. Her main research areas are severe maternal diseases and and violence in pregnancy.

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The Artist: Casey Jenkins

Jenkins is a performance, installation and community engagement artist exploring concepts of intimacy and identity and the interplay between modes of power; individual and institutional, perceived and concrete. Their work ranges from meditative to disruptive and has been presented in traditional and non-conventional spaces worldwide. They often toy with and attempt to redefine structures of power and influence through street art and experimental performance and to destabilise authorship and ownership by rallying gangs to create with and inviting audience collaboration.

Jenkins co-founded radical craft groups Craft Cartel and Knit Your Revolt, subverting and honouring art techniques often disparaged as ‘women’s work’ with street art, group workshops and 100% participatory performances. Their art has featured in documentaries, news articles, academic papers and hard copy art publications worldwide. Jenkins appeared at the 2016 Festival of Live Art in Melbourne and presented durational performance sMother at the 2016 Venice International Performance Art Week.

27 July - 13 November Blood