Alice Maher

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The Women's Studio

b. 1956

Cork-based, mixed-media Irish artist Alice Maher creates drawings, paintings, collages, and installations that reveal a dreamscape of surreal drama that references mythology from her rural Irish childhood.  Her works often deal with gender issues present in traditional Irish Catholic beliefs, and she tells how these beliefs laid down “many layers of intellectual repression.”  Her works use female images, clothing, and even hair – real or drawn.

Maher studied at the National Institute for Higher Education and received her B.A. in 1978.  She attended art school in Cork from 1981-1985 and received her M.F.A. from Belfast’s University of Ulster in 1986.  She won a post-graduate Fulbright scholarship to the San Francisco Art Institute 1986-1987.

In 1988, Maher’s made an installation which consisted of paintings of four major scenes from the life of the Virgin Mary: the Annunciation, Birth, Visitation, and Coronation. They were painted on…

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