6 to 27 May
Exhibition opening 6 May, 7.30pm
In Alice Maher’s show Zephyr; works on paper, we see the breadth and variety of her practice in drawing, print and watercolour. Maher’s reference points include art history, mythic narrative and, more recently, medical textbooks. Her shape shifting figures call down and mischievously intervene with the oft times problematic representation of the feminine throughout all of these fields.
Zephuros was the god of the west wind in Greek mythology, and appears on many archaic world maps, blowing ships off course and keeping civilisation confined to the ‘known world’. In her intense watercolours, the inner and outer body enfolds and unfolds simultaneously and elements intermingle in hybrid arrangements. After a recent brush with illness herself, the artist’s works reveal not only an occupation with corporeal transformation, but also a fascination with our contemporary societal unease with the abject, with decay and with death.
A woman carries a monstrous heart upon her back in Hunter; we are not sure if she has birthed herself from this organ or if it is, in fact, devouring her for its own nefarious purposes. ‘Distilling and braiding a representational web between Hieronymus Bosch and Leonora Carrington’s fantastical subject-object-animal-vegetal transfigurations, Maher’s mutating maids are excessively, incongruently and defiantly within process of becoming and change’, wrote Tina Kinsella on the occasion of Maher’s show The Glorious Maids of the Charnel House at the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery in 2016.
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