Linda Persson
Artist | Konstnär
based in Sweden


Witches Wombs

Raised to the sky, floating, bubbling in an amber light tone. Almost as if preserved in time. Sand molten and become liquid by fire. Transforming one thing to another by hard human labour, blowing air into the lump, shaped by the breath from the lung. Bubbles created by a stroke of baking powder. True alchemy. Swiveled rotated and hit. These are Witches Wombs handblown in glass with glassblower Peter Kuchinke in Sweden, The Glass Factory.
These works relates to the silenced voices of women (and some men) who where pointed out as trollkona (Sweden, Småland) / witches, accused, tortured and killed. I wanted to bring forth the terms of accusations, methods and it's relation to superstition, power, and the development of capitalism. The womb is the last ogan to decompose after a womans body has died. The exhibition named the 12 first women that were accused and killed. It was a gesture towards recognising their deaths by the induced violence towards their bodies and minds by men. A constitution which in part shaped the violence and control of the female body that we still see in society today.
Two of these wombs were acquired in 2020 by Örebro Läns Museum. 

Photo: Anders Bergön/Växjö Konsthall & myself. Supported by Växjö Konsthall, Helge Ax:son Johnssons Stiftelse, A-N Artists Bursaries