Menopause is a period of significant hormonal fluctuations that usually happens in women between the ages of 40 – 50. Several other physical symptoms might emerge with menopause, including cramps, evening sweats, mood changes, sleeplessness, vaginal dryness, and, notably menopausal hair thinning or loss. Continue reading Is Hair Loss Common During Menopause?
American cochineal, a small parasitic insect that feeds on the prickly pear cactus, was for centuries the source of the most coveted red pigment in the world. Imbued with profound artistic, cultural, and economic significance for indigenous peoples of Mexico and the Andean Highlands of South America, cochineal was transformed into a widely-traded global commodity upon European contact in the 16th century. While historically it was favored for its ability to produce a highly desirable crimson red, the insect’s red carminic acid can yield shades ranging from soft pink to deep purple.
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As with so many of Robert Gober’s classic works of the 1990s, the artist approached Short Haired Cheese (1992 – 93) by researching the archetypal forms of his chosen subject, landing here on an unmistakable, yellow-tinged wedge of Swiss cheese, complete with air bubble holes.
The hair that appears to grow out of the rind (clippings from one of his studio assistants) adds a haunting, anthropomorphic cast. Throughout this artist’s work, impeccably rendered objects associated with a nostalgic, mid-twentieth century domesticity — comestibles such as butter, gin or donuts, or home-maintenance products like house paint, light bulbs, or rat poison — are made strange, even unsettlingly queasy, through the artist’s distinctive interventions and allusions to a body in pieces.
Photographed in The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC.