Andrew Polk

Bodily Fluids

We are the fluids that fill and leak from our bodies.

Bodily fluids are generally viewed with disgust and revulsion by the world’s cultures. Yet, we are like the earth. The fluids that run through our bodies are what gives us life. For the past several years, I have used my work to investigate and to reflect on the awesome dynamics of nature, but my previous works always referenced the world in which we live – the earth, its skies, and the events that manifest its cycles of devastation and rejuvenation. I have lately begun to explore a macro to micro shift - i.e., from the land to the body.

The metaphor, that the body is a universe. intrigues me, but I am especially excited by the implications that our fouls stuffs can be objects of beauty.

An alphbetical list of bodily fluids:

  • Amniotic fluid surrounding a fetus Aqueous humour, a thick watery substance that is located in the eye.
  • Bile, a bitter, yellow or green alkaline fluid secreted in the liver Blood and blood plasma
  • Cerumen also known as earwax Cowper's fluid or pre-ejaculatory fluid
  • Chyle, a milky fluid (bodily fluid) consisting of lymph and emulsified fats
  • Chyme, is the liquid substance found in the stomach and consists of partially digested food, water, hydrochloric acid, and various digestive enzymes
  • Female ejaculate
  • Interstitial fluid
  • Lymph
  • Menses
  • Breast milk
  • Mucus (including snot and phlegm)
  • Pleural fluid
  • Pus
  • Saliva
  • Sebum (skin oil)
  • Semen
  • Serum
  • Sweat
  • Tears
  • Urine
  • Vaginal lubrication
  • Vomit