Women by Ted Ziegler, St. Catharines, Ontario. Painted in 1989, at East
Main Street (Bingo Palace), 64' by 9'. The Plymouth Cordage Company, The
Empire Cotton Mill and National Textiles employed a large proportion of
the female population of Welland. Ted Ziegler's mural is an interpretation
of their contribution to the industrial workforce, a colourful illustration
of women spinning and looming in a factory setting.
was given the specific subject and size ratio for this mural. I chose the
composition and colour that I felt would be effective. Outdoor mural painting
is, of course, a little more physical than indoor painting. I seemed to
have a lot of bees hanging around me!"
Virtual Guide's Comments
in this mural, we see a blend of realism and abstraction. The faces of
the women exemplify the intensity of the work, but without the upbeat enthusiasm
seen in Tugboats. Necessity dictates that these women perform a boring,
repetitive task. Thousands of unsung women in Welland have trodden this
path. No one smiles; they simply get on with the job. The machinery of
the shop is an unintelligible jumble in the background. The reality for
these women is not machinery; it is the tedious business of earning a living.
There is precious little "fun" about the factory work. This mural is a
tribute to those women.
the Artist: Theodore (Ted) Ziegler, St. Catharines, Ontario
studied with three prominent artists in the Niagara Peninsula and received
several awards and grants in the early 1980s. He has a long list of one-man
exhibitions and groups shows both in the Niagara region and further afield.
He concentrates on oil-on-canvas paintings. His work has a very distinctive
quality as he emphasizes, "I strive for my paintings to be unforgettable.
Also, when creating, I aim to use my ideas, technique, composition and
colour to convince the viewer to agree with my taste and that the painting
itself is vital and meant to be."
has painted a mural inside the Seaway Mall in Welland and has an outdoor
mural in St. Catharines. He has received commissions for book covers and
has instructed at the Niagara Artists' Centre. His latest project is a
large mural in Niagara Falls.