Laila Shawa is a Palestinian artist born in Gaza 1940, Her work has been described as reflecting a view of the politics of her country highlighting perceived injustices and persecution. Often her work uses photographs that are used as the base for silkscreen printing. Her work has been internationally exhibited and has work on display in many public (e.g. The British Museum) and private collections.
The work presents an image of a woman in anguish contrasted with the mocking figure of “Cat Woman”, the cartoon female super-hero, who challenges the viewer with her aggressive stance.