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Alice Maher, b.1956

Cassandra’s Necklace2012

Cassandra’s Necklace (2012) by Alice Maher was commissioned by IMMA for the artist’s mid-career retrospective at the museum in 2012. The short film is inspired by an unfinished play script by Anne Enright, written in the late 1980s. Maher’s appreciation of Enright’s work underlines a shared interest – “I like her because she’s a very visceral writer who mixes the contemporary with the weirdly ancient.”.* When approached to collaborate with Maher for the exhibition at IMMA in 2012, Enright presented this script about the mythical prophetess Cassandra.

Taking the script as a point of departure, Maher worked with fellow artist Vivienne Dick and composer Trevor Knight, who also created the music for Maher’s earlier work The Music of Things (Sleep) (2009).

*”Through the looking-glass with Alice”, The Irish Times, Aidan Dunne, 11 October 2012.

This work is linked to the MExIndex website, an innovative online resource containing a wide range of experimental film and artists’ moving images works by Irish and Irish-based artists:

MediumTwo-channel high-definition video, colour
Duration Duration: 10 min
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Commission, 2013
Item NumberIMMA.3878
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
Image Caption
Alice Maher, Cassandra’s Necklace, 2012, Two-channel high-definition video, colour, Duration: 10 min, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Commission, 2013

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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