Women’s rights and equality are under attack. It is an unpleasant time where rape is broadcasted live on facebook and where a couple of new laws regarding women’s independence, health and prosperity has been instituted just the last couple of months around the world. I feel sad and scared by this development, although I also see a strength and great resistance among many people. Many of us will do what we can to work against this trend and I will definitely do what I can to contribute. My way is to paint.
I have for some time been working with girls, painting them, drawing them and also modelling them in clay. I started a couple of years ago with my exhibition Beyond the male gaze in Lidköping city art gallery but I have continued long after that and now that Trump was elected president, I began intensively again.
It can be an act of power just to take the right to look and to see as a woman, when that was previously a right reserved the man. This is what we call the manly gaze as normative and I have been working with that issue before but this is not only that. This is also and most of all wanting to show all the women affected by the current madness going on.
My mission is to continue working portraying and represent all women who should be able to live their lives the way they want and be independent and secure.
To try to stop the attack on women’s rights I want everyone to see the ones affected by it. I want people to see that this new development reagards all women, your friends, sisters, mothers, daughters, basically every girl and woman you see around you, like the one on the bus, in the grocery store, the woman who works in the library, who performs surgery on you, the one singing in a band, she who has 14 friends, four children, in short everyone.
It is they, we, who are affected by what is happening right now. I want to show everyone, us. And I will do it as long as I feel it is needed. Four years on, if that will be necessary.
Here is what I have so far.