WOMANmade is an art project that pays tribute to women artists from the past two hundred years, to the present, currently featuring nineteen portraits, devised by London based Swedish artist Robina Doxi.
The exhibition and accompanying book is intended to provoke a discussion about women as artists, to celebrate their work and to challenge art history’s perception of their contribution.
The show will be held at Blackburne House, in Liverpool, from the 3rd to the 25th of March 2012, to coincide with the International Women’s Day on the 8th of March.
For me, the driving force behind this concept, is to shine light on women role models, and not only the ones that have been generally accepted by a male dominated art world, as fitting into the mould of “feminine artists”, appropriate to their time. The aim is to bring these women into the foreground, to give them room and attention, not as side figures, but as main players in a strong team – ready to play ball. Robina Doxi
The inspiration for WOMANmade came about when Doxi visited the National Portrait Gallery in London in 2007, where she noticed that men’s portraits were in the main space, and the women’s were tucked away in a side room. Doxi found it quite bizarre, and WOMANmade is the result of her realisation, that generally women are still “ kept in the side room” in the art world, despite all the equality progress we have made.
After the visit to the National Portrait Gallery, Doxi decided to research and read up on women artists, and she feels that the process of painting them grew organically from that point. She has used a range of mediums, aiming to make each picture relevant to the artist portrayed. However all the pieces are all depicted through Doxi’s vision and style of painting, which often mixes different textures and abstracted patterns, along with the figurative.
Doxi has picked artists from different backgrounds and various parts of the world, some well known and some obscure, to act as role models through her vision. Even though Doxi believes that most of them have not received the attention they deserve, this is not a project forged out of some sort of misplaced pity. The point is to celebrate great talent and creativity, to question whether our perception of the past is correct, by looking at it from a different point of view. As a group I want these pictures to form a powerful tour de force, says Doxi.
Leonora Carrington, Debora Arango, Monica Sjöö, Romaine Brooks, Georgia O’Keeffe, Zora Neale-Hurston and Yoko Ono, are some of the women that Doxi pays tribute to in this exhibition, others are less known, but made equal contributions in their own way.
Text: Caroline Ratner