Alice Maher: Vox Materia
29 MAR to SAT 05 MAY
Tuesday to Friday
10am to 5pm (later on performance evenings)
Saturday 2pm to 5pm
Vox Materia comprises a multi-part installation of sculpture and works on paper. Stemming from Maher’s consideration of a 12th Century mermaid carving at nearby Kilcooley Abbey, this show meditates on voice and silence. The mermaid is a hybrid creature that transgresses boundaries between human and animal, and is often associated with traumatic loss of voice. Maher deploys the mermaid not as a motif, but as an ambiguous and powerful conceptual tool to explore ideas of language, embodiment, agency, and autonomy. The artist begins by adopting and documenting contorted postures; creating strained silhouettes that gesture towards a language of the body in extremis. Vox Materia exploits the tactile, contingent qualities of woodcut and watercolour to articulate amoebic, interelementary forms while a series of hand-held sculptural forms create new material and corporeal vocabularies.
Vox Materia is curated by Pluck Projects.
The exhibition opens at 7.30 p.m. on
Thursday 29th March. All are welcome