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Women. Beauty. Power.

Two watercolors on the paper for architectural sketches from the Soviet period. Created during summer 2018 in Sweden, 2341 km away from the occupied artist's home.

«Mama, her mama, me, who didn't become mama, yet, Women. Tenderness and weakness. Oh, the wondrous world of women, who nurtured my rebellious spirit.
They created me, they are not free, but strong, afraid to get up and leave, but smart. Those who constantly decorate and improve, create beauty.

Oh, beauty, I'm looking for you in every fold of society, in every fold of thought, in any drapery of touch.

Where are you, beauty?

I want to be possessed by you. I want to have you. I want you to be everywhere in everything.

Do I have to pay by blood to free myself, to surround myself with only beauty?
To have the freedom to choose?
To have my voice?
Not to be afraid?
So just to love, and not to think and choose?

Will I be the same as my mother and her mother?»

*text was written by Maria Kulikovska on 17 May 2019 in Stockholm, Sweden, 2341 km away from her mama and her mama.

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