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Alice Maher, b.1956

familiar 11994

Nature and culture, the wild and the domestic are themes underlying all of Alice Maher’s work. In ‘Familiar I’ this is combined with a keen awareness of the debates in the art world about abstraction and figuration, about painting and sculpture. The monochrome colour field of the canvas, beloved by male painters in the 1980s is interrupted by the presence of a little white female figure, small but determined; the painting is accompanied by a skein of unbleached flax that resembles human hair. Are we looking at painting or sculpture, nature or art? This work defies conventional definition.

MediumAcrylic on canvas, flax and wood
Dimensions250 x 250 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, assisted by funding from Maire and Maurice Foley, 1995
Item NumberIMMA.467
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Alice Maher, familiar 1, 1994, Acrylic on canvas, flax and wood, 250 x 250 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, assisted by funding from Maire and Maurice Foley, 1995

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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. — View Artist »