|Description||Since her series ‘The Thicket' in 1990 (to which ‘Girl with Big Braid' in the University of Ulster Permanent Works of Art Collection belongs), Alice Maher has continued to employ drawings as a vital part of her artistic practice. Her installations include enormous charcoal drawings, made on site and directly onto the wall, along with other sculptural media.
In recent works she draws on fairytale and mythological narrative to explore the ambiguous language of womens hair. Immersing her viewers in a literal and visual interplay, she unravels the contradictory associations we have with hair, some alluring but others filled with terror.
This drawing on paper called ‘Andromeda' is ten feet long, its surface densely worked with charcoal. The forms of Andromeda and the monster sent to devour her, have merged into one writhing mass. There is almost a tromp l'oeil effect in that we don't know whether we are looking at an object or an image.
This use of ‘indeterminacy' as a cultural sign seeks to destabilize essentialist constructions of both female and monstrous identities, diving right into our own uncertain relationships with that paradigm.
|Location Current Site||Nolan Eckman Gallery, New York, USA|
|Measurements Dimensions||1520 x 3040 mm|
|Material||charcoal on paper|
|Biography||Currently visiting lecturer to the School of Art and Design, University of Ulster at Belfast|
|Education||1986-87: Studied at San Francisco Art Institute Post Graduate (Painting)
1986: Studied at University of Ulster, Belfast M.A. Fine Art
1981-85: Studied at Crawford Municipal College of Art Cork Diploma in Fine Art
1974-78: Studied at National Institute for Higher Education, Limerick B.A. (European Studies)
|Awards||1992: An Chomhairle Ealaíon Bursary
1990: GPA Emerging Artist Award
Irish Arts Council 'Artist in Residence' Schools Bursary
1989: L.S.A.D. Teaching Fellowship, Limerick
1988: Arts Council of Northern Ireland Bursary
1987: Fullbright Scholarship, San Francisco Art Institute
1986: Peter Moore's Foundation Bursary
1985: National Council for Education Awards / Student of the Year
|Institution||University of Ulster|
|Rights Owner||Alice Maher|
|Rights Status||UK HE use only|