In this cycle Monika Stahl shows active women in different professions which are mostly executed by men. These women take the whole responsibility of their doing.
The further paintings of women don’t have a typical obvious sign of professional recognition. For this reason all women with different ethnos can identify with them. Whether manager, taxi drivers or accountants – they are working and taking their destiny in their hands. Women are half of the manhood and in this way they are focused into the spotlight.
Both paintings symbolise the departure of Alice and EMMA. Their trunks represent a new start. Perhaps they transport their luggage, perhaps it’s the matter of a suitcase for ideas of innovation? In any case they both have raised the initiative of transformation. They are active and don’t accept the status quo.
The Star was created in 2011 and is actually newsworthy. The unified Europe faces to the biggest crucial test ever. Populistic powers attempt destroying the Union with all their influence. Solidarity is abandoned in favour of singular interests. This egoism is dangerous for Europe. Peace exists since 1945 because the citizens have managed to renounce on their egoism and instead of that – they follow the big targets. In economic view we are tied up, however, if import taxes will be demanded or even the Union will be abrogated, then the framework will burst. The consequences can’t be foreseen. Observers of the happenings issue a warning. And this artwork would also be a warning.
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Photos Heinz Schmölzer