"My paintings, Girl Eating Porridge and Serenading the Ancestors are both inspired by a book of post-war samples, France 1948 Book 9, Information From Overseas Markets, Printed Silks and Rayon Dress Fabrics from the Americas Collection.
My paintings are deliberately timeless, recreating the fabrics as dresses on everyday young women; playing the piano, eating porridge, they could be living in 1948 or 2015 and there is a subtle message there beneath the peace and harmony. These cheerful fabrics were created as fashion fabrics for a population recovering from Nazism, occupation, violent division and racism.
It is inconceivable that populist, media-stoked, right wing political views have resurfaced today, when our own ancestors risked their lives to defeat fascism."
Brita Granström in conversation with Mick Manning