Monica Sjöö (1938-2005)
Monica was a Swedish-born artist, writer and feminist who became one of the visionaries of the Goddess movement. She lived in Bristol (with several breaks) from about 1960, having arrived here with her first husband Stevan Trickey, a jeweller whom she had met in Paris. She had male and female lovers, travelled widely and sustained a network of long-lasting friendships which crossed the globe. She lived at various times in Sweden, the South of France and West Wales, but returned to Bristol.
In 1968 she finished her best-known painting, God Giving Birth, which was at various times banned or removed from exhibitions. She was a founder member of Bristol Women’s Liberation (1969) and of Amu Mawu, a group which celebrated women’s spirituality. Monica’s guidance was important in ensuring the inclusion of LGBT people in neo-Pagan religious thinking. In 1993 she was the central figure in an interruption of Sunday service at Bristol Cathedral, in protest at the suppression of women’s role and rites by a patriarchal church.
Last edited: 6/11/2011