Studies for Woman of War

1985

Study for Woman of War I, 1985

49 x 39 cm

Ink & watercolour on Whatman paper.

Study for Woman of War II, 1985

49 x 39 cm

India ink on Whatman paper.

Study for Woman of War III   1985

49 x 39 cm

Oil pastels, ink and self adhesive velvet and mirror on Whatman paper.

Study for Woman of War IV   1985

49 x 39 cm

Ink & watercolour.

Study for Woman of War V, 1985

38 x 49 cm

Ink and watercolour on Whatman paper

Collection of the Artist/Private Collections.

Woman of War was a very complex sculpture which Lijn had to visualise in all its varied detail since it was fabricated outside of her studio.

The idea of using beads to mask the head, thus hiding the prism which directs the laser beam from inside the head, was already in the early drawn studies and even earlier in the beaded sculpture Woman of War Head. When it came to making the sculpture, Lijn forgot the bead mask until she realised that it was necessary to complete the head.

Lijn made a great many drawings for it, followed by scale models and finally a 1:1 model in wood and card which served as a template for the metal fabricator.

Although the final sculpture was different again, these five drawings give an idea of the various ideas for its form.

Photography by Plastiques.