Tidskrift för Genusvetenskap 2012, 4 (4): 105-128.
The article grapples with the painting Cosmos in her Womb from 1971, by the Swedish artist and British resident Monica Sjöö (1938-2005), which was recently acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm. Sjöö is an artist that is both at the centre of feminist art history and somewhat kept to one side; her work is often included in larger surveys of feminist art, yet rarely interpreted. The article argues that in order to approach the painting, one has to look at it from within its own time and the women’s movement in the 1970’s in which the artist was heavily involved.In her article from 1975 Hélèn Cixous calls for women to start writing in white ink, an ink that is coloured by the experience of being born in a woman’s body. Sjöö’s painting was created a few years before and also Sjöö was, during her whole career, engaged with the idea of the “woman’s experience”. The article argues that in whichever way this painting is approached, by understanding it’s figure, it’s symbolism, or even the roughness of the placard-like material (paint on masonite), it all falls back on the political and spiritual quest of Monica Sjöö. There can be no analysis of this work without taking into account the political situation and the need for expressing the woman’s experience during the late 1960s and early 1970s. The article is a close study of this particular piece which is approached from a four different points of view: the historical context of the painting within the women’s movement; the need to speak from a woman’s experience; the political and theoretical differences of representing the woman’s body in art and lastly the idea of protest presented through the painting.
Konsthistorisk Tidskrift 2011, 80 (3): 153-167.
This article interprets the disrupted perspectives in Hanna Hirsch-Pauli's large scale painting Vanner (Friends) from 1900-1907. When Hirsch-Pauli turns to her living room in 1900 as a setting for her painting several agents are at play. The scene is staged in the Pauli's living room, where friends have gathered around Ellen Key, and the home is presented as a place for intellectual debate. It is a scene deeply embedded in the surrounding cultural and political life. The article looks into the importance of the home as a scene both within the picture and in society at large at the turn of the twentieth century. The article also argues that the setting in the home and the painting's twarthed compositions are related to the formation of identity. By identifying different types of perspectives such as the artist's presence in the image, or the direction of the gazes, certain aspects of otherness are discussed. Furthermore, through the social, historical and compositional setting of this painting some aspects of Hanna Hirsch-Pauli's disrupted perspectives are uncovered.
In: Hommage a toutes les nymphes. Nantes : Joca Seria, 2008. -.
n.paradoxa 2008, 21 : 49-55.
In: The Making of a Goddess. Lund : Palmkron, 2005. -.