Article: Headless Woman Mural Stirs Controversy, Molly Snyder in OnMilwaukee
Article: 5 Things to Know About the New Huge [MKE Mural], Sarah Hauer, MKE Journal Sentinel
I am still not all sure about my research, but first thing that came to my mind is the new Third Ward mural of an older woman sitting down with her rough hands being the focus, and her face/head/neck absent from the work as they go off the building. I first saw it a few weeks ago when I was out mentoring new MIAD students. It striked me because of how larger than life it is, and how painterly is for something done on a cement wall. Murals are impressive as it is on photos, but such huge murals are most impactful when encountered in real life with one's own eyes. I didn't really think of the meaning behind it and why it represents what it does at first.
When I looked for this particular work on the sites given, I was lucky enough to find some information. And the fact that it brought controversy around it, which I wouldn't have guessed. I learned that it was done by a German urban artist, Andres Von Chrzanowski (known as CASE or CASE Maclaim), who likes to push boundaries. It's titled The Unsung Hero, 2019. As the artist explains, the mural represents women labor workers dyed the hosiery at the Phoenix Hosiery building that used to be the building on which the mural is painted on. As well as a tribute to all other working women out there. Von Chrzanowski likes to focus on the hands in his works, as can be seen in other pieces throughout the world.
But the public took it the wrong because of the absence of the head/face. Some criticism he faced over that implies that those women workers are "forgettable" and "disposable". However, Von Chrzanowski wanted to celebrate the working women and the concept for mural was loosely based on of the Phoenix Hosiery own ads. But along with criticism, Lisa Malmorowski, an artist and and the director of brand and store development for Outpost Natural Foods, stated that even she personally doesn't feel honored by this mural, she is a strong believer in art waking up controversy and the ability to make people happy, as well as uncomfortable.