This series has been following me for decades, and I still come back to it. It works like a source to myself, my identity as a woman, but also like a straw to our collective experiences.
Like Carl Jung expresses it, we have an access to the collective unconscious. Humans experience five main types of instinct: hunger, sexuality, activity, reflection, and creativity.
I am thinking of the little prehistoric figurines, and of carvings patiently cut into stones. We do not know their message, but for me it means that our ancestors believed in the visual language, in the power of the drawing and the sculpture. This time consuming activity had a strong meaning. Today we use visual messages to all kind of information, but do we really connect to visual expressions?
I have often wondered why the most important part of life, giving birth is neglected in todays art. We find pictures of the sexual act, but giving birth is ignored. Women and their life, their activities and tasks have been a neglected part of our history. Do really “mankind” regard birth as a female thing, not worth focusing on?
Strong feelings and life changing experiences in a small format.
This series of little prints were done in a periode of my life when I was really ill, and could not get on my feet working with art as I used to. I had given birth to our youngest son, and this was so strong in me, it had to be expressed. I started this series of linocuts, “inked them up” with my fingers. They are my reference to the most important happenings in my life, giving birth to my sons.