In this feminist art oriented body of work, the artist performs an artistic research around women rights and equality.

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The body of work is entitled “I am Barbie, you are Barbie, we are Barbie”. A research process that consists of deconstructing concepts around women rights in an almost materialistic approach. In this semantic dance he tries to understand the difficulties and problems concerning women rights. As a result he dives into our collective semantic memory in order to reveal some underlying patterns, misconceptions or problems.
A tendency to “let it be, become what it can become” that we find back in his series ‘Engraved Groom’. This is not only the method of his activism. An activism that has to create and obtain itself without the interference of the artworks. But it’s also the method of his painting process. Giving the paintings the possibility to create themselves rather than trying to manipulate them in order to look in a specific way. In other words the artist is trying to create paintings where the women in the paintings can create themselves. Therefore the artist has as little interference as possible.

 

All in order to provide a forum where change can manifest itself. Not trying to manipulate or push towards change but rather letting change manipulate itself. In this approach, he gradually investigates every aspect of the matter that he is using, from the colours and the chemicals, to the paper. Putting the symbolisation, the conceptualisation and the philosophical in the materialistic part of the painting. Thereby maintaining complete freedom in the visual aspect of the painting.

 

As a result the paintings are some kind of semantic study of colture (made up word derived out of colour and culture). In this way purple (referred to as the favourite colour of Cleopatra) becomes a symbol for women leadership; blue (this colour is forbidden to be worn by women in some Arabic countries) becomes a symbol for women freedom; green (regeneration and rebirth in ancient Egypt) becomes the symbol of women in general.

 

Feminist art by a man, by whom else … 😉