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 drawings give an idea of the various ideas for its form.

Photography by Plastiques.

Woman of War

1988/1989

75.7 x 55.7 cm

Acrylic on Whatman paper

Collection of the artist

Woman of War

1988/1989

75.7 x 55.7 cm

Acrylic on Whitman paper

Collection of the artist

Woman of War

1987

103.5 x 70.5 cm

Acrylic and oil pastel on Whatman paper

Collection of the artist

Woman of War with Koans 

1987

103.5 x 70.5 cm

Acrylic and oil pastel on Whatman paper

Collection of the artist

Head of Woman of War

1985

24.3 x 20.2 cm

Felt tip pen, pastel and India ink on paper

Study for Woman of War I

1985

49 x 39 cm

Ink & watercolour on Whatman paper

Collection of the artist

Study for Woman of War II

1985

49 x 39 cm

India ink on Whatman paper

Collection of the artist

Study for Woman of War III

1985

49 x 39 cm

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

Collection of the artist

Study for Woman of War IV

1985

49 x 39 cm

Ink and oil pastels on paper

Collection of the artist

Study for Woman of War V

1985

38 x 49 cm

Ink and watercolour on Whatman paper

Collection of the artist

Study for Woman of War VI

1986

61.5 x 32.5 cm

Gouache on paper

Collection of the artist

Study for Woman of War

1986

Gouache on paper

61 x 33 cm

Collection of the artist