The Pause Apothecary

Examining social stigmas surrounding aging and menopause

Let's Talk Menopause

Creative + Strategy , Media Planning and Buying, Impact Artist Network

Menopause is a natural stage of life for half the population,yet it is a taboo subject. 75 million women are in perimenopause, menopause, or postmenopause in the United States, with 6,000 more reaching menopause each day. 75% of women who seek medical care are left untreated.

Many people, including those in the medical profession, do not understand menopausal symptoms, how to manage it, or even how to talk about it.

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F.Y. Eye worked with Let’s Talk Menopause and multidisciplinary Impact Artist Macon Reed to develop an experiential art installation, entitled “The Pause Apothecary,” that debuted at the SPRING/BREAK Art Show in 2022 to both build awareness about the struggles of people experiencing menopause, and to change common narratives surrounding  this transformative period of one’s life..

Taking the form of a fantastical pharmacy, the artwork, larger-than-life sized apothecary product sculptures with colorful illustrations and fantastical topical messages, examines social stigmas surrounding the intersecting issues of aging, gender and infertility, as well as pushing back against the wide-spread devaluation of people’s personal experiences of menopause. 

F.Y. Eye played a pivotal role in facilitating discussions between the artist and the nonprofit, as well as contributing to the submission process for the art show. During the exhibition, a series of talks and planned activities featuring professionals fostered more discussions and increased awareness of menopause within the art space and the broader public.


"The Pause Apothecary" served as a platform for sharing personal menopausal experiences and disseminating vital educational information. The installation not only made a powerful statement in itself but also garnered significant press coverage in many art publications. In collaboration with both the organization and the artist, F.Y. Eye worked to ensure that people not only engaged in meaningful conversations about the topic, but also equipped themselves with the knowledge and resources necessary to get the support they need.

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