FEMALE EMPOWERMENT ON A CANVAS SERIES PT. 1 MEET DOORTJE HEFTING

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Doortje Hefting, 24 years old, Netherlands, (@doortjeheftingart)

Doortje Hefting has been drawing and writing for as long as she can remember. “I mostly drew manga-style when I was a child and a teenager. Over the years this hobby grew into a big passion and when I discovered using paint at the age of 21, my artwork certainly took a different direction”, she revealed. The richness of colors and brush stroke textures led her to paint more vibrant nature settings, portraits, and animals. “Another very big passion of mine is writing; I’ve written three full (unpublished) novels. Drifting away in my stories is when I feel most happy”, Doortje said. Alongside painting and writing, she is currently attaining her master’s degree in psychology at the University of Amsterdam. “My mother passed away in December 2019 and after that, I had to take a break from my studies. In this break, I found more time to paint and in spring 2020, I decided to put all my effort into making painting my profession”, she told us.

Read on for the full interview.

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How does your art relate to women’s empowerment? What message are you trying to deliver?

In my artwork, I always try to convey a message of equality and love. I believe we are all equal – men, women, animals, every type of life on this earth. We were all created by the same source: mother nature. I say ‘mother’ nature because I’ve always pictured the force of nature as female. Women have the capability of creating, the same way nature creates and patiently grows. Isn’t it wonderful how we can grow a living human being in our wombs? For centuries, women have been oppressed and mistreated, whilst we are the ones creating life on earth. Just like humans have destroyed nature all around the world, even though nature is the one who created us. I’m seeing similarities. With my art, I hope to remind people of where we come from. I hope to spread love, and make people forget this untrue sense of superiority we have given ourselves (superiority over other species, the superiority of men over women). Because there is no superiority. We are all equal.

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What is your favorite work of art and why?

My favorite work is “Strelitzia”, the first piece in a series of paintings I am currently working on. This series, the “Houseplant Series”, will consist of eight paintings (of which three are currently finished) of different popular houseplants. I’ve done a lot of research on where these plants originally come from and what their symbolic meaning is. In these paintings, I combine each houseplant with a portrait of a woman from that particular part of the world. “Strelitzia”, more commonly known as the Bird of Paradise plant, originates in South Africa and symbolizes joy, beauty, and freedom. What I love most about this series of portraits is that I get to paint different women from all over the world and portray the diversity of culture and people, in combination with nature. It’s like giving many women a voice. It has been such a fun project thus far and this piece is my very favorite. 

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FEMALE EMPOWERMENT ON A CANVAS SERIES PT. 1: MEET DOORTJE HEFTING

Doortje’s artwork is available for sale through her website: www.doortjehefting.com and it is also possible to send her an Instagram DM. She also sells fine art prints in A4 and A3 size of her artwork.

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