Bee Hughes is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher exploring with embodied experiences of menstruation through performative works which draw upon everyday rituals and routine and the feminist tradition of self-examination. Their works in poetry and sound art explore repetition and menstrual normativity encountered through online medical advice, considering how these frequently visited sites of medical authority now form part of the everyday experience of menstruation.
Bee has presented their research and exhibited in the UK and internationally, and is in the final year of their interdisciplinary practice-led PhD ‘Performing Periods: Challenging Menstrual Normativity through Art Practice’ at Liverpool John Moores University. Bee has published on a number of topics, including criticality in illustration, the visual culture of Dracula (Stoker, 1897), and most recently menstrual normativity and menstrual art. Bee’s curatorial work includes collaborative works with Eva Petersen, such as Comfort Zones (2017), CoLab (2018) at Liverpool School of Art & Design, and Periodical (2018), an exhibition of menstrual art and UK menstrual product advertising as part of Being Human festival of the humanities. In 2020 Bee will commence a collaborative project researching the menstrual history of St Andrews as Artist-in-Residence at the Centre for Contemporary Art and Institute for Gender Studies at the University of St Andrews.
Bee is a recipient of a Doctoral Fees Bursary from the School of Humanities & Social Sciences at LJMU, and has been granted a number of funding awards to support her research, including the 2012 Susan Cotton Travel Award and Society for Menstrual Cycle Research conference bursary (2019). They have worked as a lecturer since 2012, teaching in a number of subject areas at undergraduate and postgraduate level including: Graphic Design & Illustration, Fine Art, History of Art & Museum Studies, Contemporary Art History & Theory, Sociology and Media and Cultural Studies.
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