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Alice Maher, b.1956

Berry Dress1994

During the 1990s Maher worked with natural materials such as bees, nettles, berries and hair to create sometimes surreal works that appear like enchanted objects from a medieval folk tale. Maher’s use of natural materials is typified in ‘Berry Dress’. ‘Berry Dress’ presents the delicate shape of the child’s dress, decorated with berries. On closer inspection, the dress loses its innocence, taking on a more sinister appeal. The pins, which hold the berries in place, are arranged internally: should the dress be worn, these pins would pierce the skin.

MediumRosehips, cotton, paint, sewing pins
Dimensions Unframed, 25 x 32 x 24 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, assisted by funding from Maire and Maurice Foley, 1995
Item NumberIMMA.468
Copyright Colm Hogan photography
For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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Alice Maher, Berry Dress, 1994, Rosehips, cotton, paint, sewing pins, Unframed, 25 x 32 x 24 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, assisted by funding from Maire and Maurice Foley, 1995

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Alice Maher b.1956

One of Ireland's leading contemporary artists, Alice Maher works within the realms of nature and culture, subversion and transformation, mythology and memory. Her work involves many different media including painting, drawing, sculpture, print, photography and installation.

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