The inspiration for my exhibition comes from an accident that happened to me personally when I received some comments about my body and made me reflect on the values and perceptions of women in society nowadays. The main theme explored in my artworks is womanhood and the concept of femininity, what is perceived as right or wrong in the matter of how a woman acts, talks, and decides to express herself. The second theme explored is the idea of the oppression that personal traumas have on an individual and the way that those traumas contribute to the perception of the world around us. Memories and places or environments in which a person can feel confident and will not be exposed to any form of discrimination, or judgment, but rather, making the individual free to express themselves freely, and safely.
Two fundamental pieces that convey the idea of womanhood are “Social Convention” and “That Blue Razor Painting”, which both explore the perception of women in society. The first one is related to how sometimes women are forced to cover up, to put on make-up, and jewellery on, because it is the way that society has imposed for many centuries now, denying any form of opposite ideals, simply because of a misogynistic view of the world. “That Blue Razor Painting” symbolises the real strength of womanhood and the superficial one observed from a distance, every woman in her sweetness has a strong core inside. For too long women have been associated too much with fragile figures unable to provide or care for themselves, more independent powerful women are arising from these prejudices, and avenging their equality and their rights.
The composition of “Hold my Hand” explores the feeling of oppression that derives from traumas, the feeling of being trapped in our own minds seeking but not finding any ways to escape from the darkness that constantly accumulates around us and inside us. The hands are an important factor in this composition as they have a double action of both pulling you out of the darkness, and of dragging you to the bottom.
The visual representation of these ideas and concepts is displayed on the two sides of the exhibition, one part titled “All Bodies Matter” focuses on the connection between womanhood and the presence of trauma in an individual. The other side is focused on the projection of colours as a way to represent memories and emotions, connected to past memories and safe spaces.