Alice Maher


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Year 2020
Medium Pen and coloured pencil on paper
Dimensions 29.7 x 20.8 cm

About the work

This work is related to a recent series in which the artist uses herself as a feeling rather than an observed subject. Frequently referring to Greek mythology, here the engorged tendrils emerging from the head suggest a benign Medusa, as the figures eyes are tightly closed.

About the artist:

Born 1956 County Tipperary, Alice Maher lives and works in Claremorris. Graduated from BA French and Political History, University of Limerick (1978); Diploma in Fine Art, Crawford Municipal College of Art, Cork (1985); MA Fine Art, University of Belfast (1986); and Postgraduate Painting, San Francisco Art Institute (1987).

Alice Maher’s work touches on a wide range of subjects often reprising, challenging, and expanding mythic and vernacular narratives. Her artistic practice spans painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, animation, and video. The various art works and materials lend themselves to lateral, associative, or enigmatic display, aided by her very particular attention to setting and context. Animated films expand on a lifelong devotion to the practice of drawing.

Her works are held in public and private collections including The Neuberger Museum, The Hammond Museum, The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MOMA, the British Museum, and the Georges Pompidou Centre Paris.

Selected solo exhibitions include Vox Materia, The Source Arts Centre, Thurles (2018); Zephyr; works on paper, Claremorris Gallery (2017); The Glorious Maid of the Charnel House, Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin (2016); Reservoir, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London (2015); Becoming, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2012); and Godchildren of Enantios, David Nolan Gallery, New York (2011). Selected group exhibitions include fair is foul & foul is fair, Katzen Arts Center, Washington D.C. (2019); Elliptical Affinities, Highlanes Gallery, Drogheda (2019); Encountering the Land, Visual Carlow (2018); Naked Truth, Crawford Art Gallery, Cork (2018); BUT STILL, LIKE DUST, I’LL RISE, Galway Arts Centre (2018); 38th Eva International: Ireland’s Biennial, Cleeves Factory, Limerick (2018); Hybrid, Purdy Hicks Gallery, London (2017); Strange Worlds: The Vision of Angela Carter, RWA, Bristol (2016); RHA Annual, Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin (2015); The Desire for Freedom, Palazzo Reale, Milan and touring (2012-14); and Poetry Beyond Text, Visual Research Centre, Dundee Contemporary Arts (2011).

Awards include representing Ireland at the 22nd Sao Paolo Biennale (1994). Residencies include the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (1997).

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