This series of paintings called Invictrix was part of a Gallery 'Lijn 3' exhibition about the oppression and abuse of women. I was inspired by the courageous and upbeat character of my model to portray women not as victims, but as survivors. The title of the paintings (3 in total) is taken from the following poem with Stoic tendencies. I have my reservations about 'I am the master of my fate', but on the whole I find it a beautiful ode to courage.
'Invictus' by William Ernest Henley:
Out of the night that covers me, Black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears Looms but the Horror of the shade, And yet the menace of the years Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.