Saturday, June 9, 2012

Belfast - Monument to the Unknown Worker By Louise Walsh (Great Victoria Street)

The two bronze female figures address the issues of women's low-paid jobs and unpaid housework. This theme is articulated by the use of objects and utensils symbolic of women's work, such as household items, telephones, shopping baskets and cash registers.

Louise Walsh was born in County Cork in 1963 and graduated from Crawford Municipal College of Art in 1985. She gained an MA in Sculpture from the University of Ulster, Belfast in 1986.

She is well known for her life-size portrayals which challenge conventional depictions of women, her use of informal objects and her technical skills. She has exhibited extensively in Ireland and the UK and has substantial experience in the field of public art.

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