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Alice Maher, b.1956

Ombre V1997

‘Ombre V’ is one of a series of drawings that emerged from a residency in IMMA’s Artists’ Residency Programme. Maher’s interest in hair was inspired by legends such as those of Medusa, Berenice, and Rapunzel, taboos about touching hair, its use as a love token and its severance as an act of punishment. Commenting on the element of memory in her art, Maher says: “…there is a reference to my own memory, but it can be invented memory… Things change as you recall them, they couldn’t be directly related to real time, but they are related to time in your head, which is a huge space – as big as the universe”*.

*Quotation from Circa No. 83, 1998.

MediumCharcoal on paper
Dimensions397 x 152 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 1997
Item NumberIMMA.790
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Alice Maher, Ombre V, 1997, Charcoal on paper, 397 x 152 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 1997

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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 »