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Alice Maher, b.1956

The Axe (and The Waving Girl)2003

‘The Axe (and the Waving Girl)’ takes on the subject of the fairy tale, a subject Maher returns to again and again. The young female figure is waving to an axe, which is leaning precariously against a tree. Distance and closeness, and the contrast in scale, unsettle and disrupt the natural balance, as much as the apparent menace.

MediumPainted bronze
Dimensions Unframed
Unframed, 295 x 74 x 13 cm
Unframed, 42 x 18 x 11 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2004
Item NumberIMMA.1653
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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Alice Maher, The Axe (and The Waving Girl), 2003, Painted bronze, Unframed|Unframed, 295 x 74 x 13 cm|Unframed, 42 x 18 x 11 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2004

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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