Zandra, named after one of my oldest friends who where always there for me and made my teenage years the best.
Part of the collection Girls 2, a series of paintings for women, the female body, for the vagina and its beauty. A series that evoke many feelings within me, such as anger and love. A series that, to me, reflects pain, darkness, oppression and vulnerability but also beauty, femininity, exclusivity and value. A series of paintings to raise awareness of the sick tradition; female genital mutilation.
This horrible ritual makes me angry, frustrated and touched. I can not understand how, today, female genital mutilation still exist in many parts of the world. I needed to express my anger, but at the same time I wanted to convey the positive emotions I feel towards the female body. I wanted to praise women, the vagina, its beauty, exclusivity and value, and somehow portray my feelings towards femininity. The female body and the female sex are something beautiful, something valuable that should be celebrated and praised.
This painting was donated to Artworks 4 Change exhibition/auction.
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Enamel & spray paint on panel. Size 50x70 cm.
Signed and dated.
Comes with the frame.