CONCEPTIVES

 
 

I dared to invite women to reconnect to themselves and their bodies - A challenge I was facing myself at the time.

I combined sound recordings, photographs, social media and downloads into an art project to convey a realization I was drawn to share:

"I believe our bodies follow moon cycles - a waning and waxing of emotions and potentiality we carry within ourselves. Like seeds."

The art project CONCEPTIVES is composed of four elements: ORAL conceptive, AUDIO conceptive, visual conceptive and #DAILYCONCEPTIVE.


 

Years after it's first release, this project is still pulsing.

See it for yourself.


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AUDIO CONCEPTIVE explores sensations and impressions  experienced during my cycles and it's recorded in my own voice (Accent included).

"I combine adjectives, nouns and verbs to create a lexicon of potentials existent in each of the four phases of a woman's cycles. It's an evocation for women to become aware of these multiple parts within themselves and integrate them into their monthly, weekly and daily routines."

For an insider perspective on this recording read my blog post - "A recorded accent"


VISUAL CONCEPTIVE

 

This is a minimalistic set of four photographs. Each image is my representation of a woman's weekly internal cycles.

 

A Limited Edition print series. Only 150 sets will be printed. They are delivered as four individual 8.5×11” prints custom printed and signed by me.

 

VISUAL CONCEPTIVE received an honorable mention award at the Juried competition "Mercer County Photography 2015", a Biennial event sponsored by Discover Jersey Arts.


Keep the weekly energetic potential existent within each woman at sight.

 
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#DAILYCONCEPTIVE

This is the interactive element of CONCEPTIVES. I put out an open invitation for women to share the stages of their own cycles as a group on pinterest and twitter. During a year, which corresponds to 13 new moons, or 13 cycles in a woman's life,  I shared words and icons that reflected my internal phases. I’ve now fulfilled my commitment. But I’m not done. I am still there. (13 moons was not enought !) This dialog is ongoing.

"To choose these words and images I have to maintain a continuous inquisition of where I am in my cycle, and by sharing them I invited other women to do the same. We started a weekly process of self-discovery, no matter where we were on our cycles, and because of social media, no matter where we were in the world." Come. Join us!

 

To find out why 13 moons was not long enough for this project. Read my blog post "13 moons".

 

ORAL CONCEPTIVE

The last element of this project is called ORAL CONCEPTIVE. A set of images intended to function as reminders of which 7-day-phase a woman is experiencing in her cycle. Each of the four image describes a potentiality to be explored.

 

ORAL CONCEPTIVES can be downloaded as wallpapers/ lockscreens for digital devices as reminders of the feminine cycle.

 

These phrases are to be pronounced as wishes, or weekly affirmations. Carry it in you, and with you. and on your phone, too.

 
 
 
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"as women, we have a chance to tap more easily into a part of ourselves each week with our hormonal cycles – one that nourishes intuition, creativity, receptivity or reflection within ourselves."

 

 

DAY 1 | INTUITIVE | Menstruation
DAY 7 | CREATIVE | Folicular Phase
DAY 14 | RECEPTIVE | Ovulation
DAY 21 | REFLEXIVE | Luteal Phase

 

Where are you in your cycle? 

( Here is a hint! )


Originally ORAL CONCEPTIVES were created as a set of cards to be distributed at the opening night of E.S.P. | a Feminist Art & Variety Show, in Brooklyn, NY in the summer of 2013.

These cards were presented inside birth control holders, collected during the last 5 years the artist submitted her body to oral contraceptive consumption. Each of the 50 pouches were inserted with a set of 4 cards.

 
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“By repurposing birth control holders I’ve accumulated over the years, I am taking control over my own cycles and reclaiming each phase my body is experiencing. At the same time, I hope to raise awareness of what we, as women, might be loosing when we interfere with our natural hormonal cycles by absorbing artificial hormones via oral contraceptive consumption." - Jennifer Cabral
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More about oral conceptives, on my blog post: "So, why did I conceive this?"

 

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

This self-discovery project wouldn’t have happened without the wisdom of three inspiring authors. I used their published work to guide me through my own feminine cycle awareness process. They are Christiane Northup, MD; Alisa Vitti and Sara Avant Stover.