When we hear the word witch, most of us think of a woman who lives on the fringes of society, living in solitude, using magic with malicious intent, looking scary. No wonder, in the stories we heard as children, the wicked witch is the cause of all evil, making life miserable for the orphaned girl or eating the children who stray to her. But fairy tales are only the surface, behind the negative connotations attached to the word witch we need to look for deeper and more complex reasons. Rather, the fairy tale world is a simplified imprint of the centuries during which the negative image of women we are discussing has developed. The cases of women convicted of witchcraft during the Inquisition, and thus ostracised from the community, caused social changes that are still felt in today's society. The traces of this social exclusion can be seen, among other things, in folklore.
I am interested in women who have experienced great emotional depths and who have found their spiritual strength in the various forms of witchcraft. They believe in everyday signs; in their ability to control their own destiny and in their knowledge of a world invisible to the uninitiated. Alongside the details of the reality they experience, I present an imagery whereby the word “witch” is just an adjective, encompassing the pain of centuries of suffering, the resulting subordination within society and the power of women who have endured vulnerability. It proclaims the power of vulnerable women who, finding each other in their exclusion, create a community for themselves. Belonging is an elemental need for the individual, and the women I met certainly need to feel that their presence in the world is special and meaningful, and that their beliefs, opinions and worldviews are valued.