Rita Duffy: boundaries of the heart
The work of artist Rita Duffy is both political and personal, centred on her experiences as she grew up in the heart of Belfast – and on her current life residing in Fermanagh with a studio on the other side of the border
Rita Duffy has never been a woman for tribal loyalties. Raised in a mostly Protestant part of Belfast during the Troubles, the artist saw life on both sides of the conflict as she walked over to the Falls Road every day to attend a Catholic grammar school. The city’s social boundaries seemed a little less rigid to her than many of her peers, although she identified as Irish.
It was a feeling of...
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