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Louise Walsh, Pauline Cummins, b.1949

Sounding the Depths III1995

Sounding the Depths III symbolically opens up the body allowing it to speak and even laugh in defiance of patriarchal and heteronormative definitions of ‘woman’.

The artwork addresses the silencing of women and the State’s control over our sexuality, fertility, and bodily autonomy.

In a deeply repressive social and political climate Cummins and Walsh utilise their bodies as active agents, subverting oppressive religious and legislative controls. These embodied works reject consumption and confront ´the male gaze´, overcoming the protective tendency to retract and tighten, the artists respond to the oppressive atmosphere and to the lack of freedom of sexual expression.

Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 1995
Item NumberIMMA.466
Image Caption
Louise Walsh, Pauline Cummins, Sounding the Depths III, 1995, Photography, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 1995

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Pauline Cummins

Pauline Cummins b.1949

Irish artist Pauline Cummins works in performance and video to examine issues of identity and gender as constructed within particular social situations and communities. She has collaborated with groups and institutions such as Mountjoy Women’s Prison and the National Maternity Hospital, Dublin. Cummins has exhibited and performed nationally and internationally at venues including the RHA, Tate Liverpool and the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris. She is a lecturer in the Dept of Sculpture at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin.
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