of Monica Sjöö
wrote a brief auto-biography (twenty-two A4
pages) at the beginning of 2004 when she
felt that her health was deteriorating.
breast cancer she suffered several years
before, had returned and spread throughout
the bones of her body, including the spine.
She needed a wheelchair and nursing care.
You can read her own account of her life by
clicking the links in the right-hand panel.
We hope to produce an additional brief
biographical overview of her life for this
website in the future, and meanwhile leave
you with the resume below from one of her
information about Monica's life can
gained through reading her commentary
Monica in her small study/bedroom on the
amazingly painted 'throne' her son Sean made for her many years ago.
paintings from the Catalogue of her 2004
Retrospective Exhibition (see link on the
right), from her articles and from the
tributes and memories written by friends
(see links in the top row of the page.
From the catalogue of one of her Art
Monica Sjöö is a radical anarcho/eco-feminist and Goddess artist, writer and
thinker involved in Earth spirituality. Born in Sweden in 1938 she has lived
mostly in Bristol since the late 1950's and has been active in the Women's
Liberation Movement since the 60's. Her paintings are inspired by the veneration
in ancient cultures of the Great Mother, the Earth. They have been exhibited
throughout Europe and in America. Monica reflects her politics and spirituality
not just in her art but also in her writing. She's author of the Great Cosmic
Mother, Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth (with Barbara Mor) and
"Return of the Dark/Light Mother, or New Age Armegeddon?" plus loads
of articles in many papers and magazines. She is also an active speaker who has
toured many countries exposing her anarcho-femnist philosophies in universities,
conferences, festivals and camps.
This conscience is also reflected in Monica's activism, taking part in many
campaigns and causes.
As an artist her most famous work is "God giving birth"
(1968) which has
become a feminist icon because of its meaning and also because of the repression
against it as it questions by itself all that this system is based on:
patriarchism and racism. This painting depicts God as a Black woman and the human
creation as a real birth (A revolutionary painting in back in those days, for
she was several threatened with legal action on the ground of
Many of her paintings have also been used in
books, covers and cards.