Hysteric Flower

Estefania Puerta

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A metallic green glazed reclining flower creature with a clear glazed porcelain cup resting on top of it. Also has aluminum leaf areas. The cup is initially filled with Blue Cohosh oil which has been historically used for stimulating the uterus and starting labor; starting menstruation; stopping muscle spasms; as a laxative; and for treating colic, sore throat, cramps, inflammation of the uterus, infection of the female organs etc. When not filled with the oil, the cup is also intended to catch menstruation blood and can be used to nourish plants or to honor bodies that menstruate choose to have abortions.

Materials: Porcelain, glaze, aluminum leaf

3.5 x 9 x 5 inches
Made in 2022


Estefania Puerta's work is made up of a wide range of materials to form new poetics of transformation and translation. Her practice is rooted in world making, shape shifting, border crossing, and language failure. Her research in psycho-analysis as it relates to the history of hysteria, natural medicine/folklore, and personal histories of immigration and undocumentation in the U.S. has led to questions around what is considered “natural” and “alien” in her materially diverse work. Puerta received her MFA from Yale School of Art in 2018. She was born in Colombia and currently lives and works between Vermont and New York.