Bianca Mierlea

Women in Public Spaces





In my current work and painting practice I am combining abstraction with figurative elements: architectural details and female figures. I am looking at the position and the role of women in public spaces, how they were perceived centuries ago in comparison to nowadays. As part of my research I use my walking journeys around London and also from my hometown Brasov, Romania. In my work I also explore the act of walking, what does it mean to me as an artist, but also as a woman. At the same time I am thinking about what does it mean to be a woman in a public space, wondering in a new , big city where you can get lost. Connected to this idea, I looked at the notion of the 'flaneur' and how it is related to the modern woman. For centuries the flaneur was described as a man who is wondering the city, but never as a woman, just recently. Elkin created a new term for women which is 'flaneuse'. Through my work I am also looking at the differences between being a spectator or participant of the crowd while walking on the street. In my paintings I am also exploring different questions: What does it mean to be invisible as a woman in a public space, especially on the street?; How does the feeling of being lost influence my walking journeys?. In terms of the colors that I used in my paintings, they are inspired from the buildings from the historical centre of my hometown. With my artworks I want to create a story which is inspired from reality, but is also combined with my thoughts that came up in my mind while walking around London or my hometown. Another important aspects in my paintings is how I use the space, I wanted to create a connection between the female figures and the background.

Contact: mbianca1399@gmail.com



‘Public space’
Acrylic and oil pastels on canvas
100x150 cm
July 2020






‘Transparency’
Acrylic and spray paint on canvas
100x150 cm 
June 2020





‘Can women be invisible?’
Acrylic and spray paint on canvas
100x200 cm 
June 2020





‘Can women be invisible?’
Acrylic and spray paint on canvas
100x150 cm 
June 2020




‘Can women be invisible?’
Acrylic and spray paint on canvas
50x150 cm





‘Can women be invisible?’
Acrylic and spray paint on canvas
100x150 cm