Catherine Elwes

In 1979 Elwes made perhaps the first UK performances utilising menstruation blood, titled Menstruation I and Menstruation II, both performed at the Slade School of Art. She was also part of the collective Women’s (Free) Arts Alliance, which offered a women only space for artists, and included performances and other exhibitions, including by the artist Kate Walker. She has focused on filmmaking and the moving image since the ’80s.

Catherine Elwes

Performance documentation / Examples of works

Menstruation I, 1979, Slade School of Art, London

Menstruation II, 1979, Slade School of Art, London

Female Into Male, 1978 with Annie Wright, Womens’ Art Alliance, London

Publications

BATTISTA, Kathy (2013) Re-negotiating the Body: Feminist Art in 1970s London, London: I. B. Tauris
Study Room Ref: P2121

ELWES, Catherine (2004) ‘On Performance and Performativity: Women Artists and Their Critics’, Third Text, Vol 18, Issue 2, March, pp 193-197
Study Room Ref: A0202

ELWES, Catherine (2000) Video Loupe, London: KT Press

Website

REWIND database

LUX Online: Catherine Elwes

Catherine Elwes, Menstruation 1, (1979), Slade School of Art, London. Photo by John Muellbauer, Jean Matthee, Mandy Havers or Iain Robertson. Copyright Catherine Elwes
Catherine Elwes, Female to Male – Female Into Male, (1978) with Annie Wright, Womens’ Arts Alliance, London. Photo Andre Van Niekerk.
Catherine Elwes, Menstruation 1, (1979), Slade School of Art, London. Photo by John Muellbauer, Jean Matthee, Mandy Havers or Iain Robertson. Copyright Catherine Elwes.