Alice Maher’s work touches on a wide range of subjects, often reprising mythic or folk narratives, and involves a range of media including drawing, sculpture, print, installation, photography, animation and film.
Her first major solo show in Ireland, ‘familiar’ was presented at the Douglas Hyde Gallery in 1994 where her signature work Bee Dress was first seen. In the same year she represented Ireland at the Sao Paolo Biennale in Brazil. She has exhibited in many countries since then, including France, the USA, Finland, Poland, UK and Canada. A survey of her work, ‘Natural Artifice’, was held at the Brighton and Hove Museum in 2007. A large installation at the RHA Gallery in Dublin, ‘The Night Garden’ explored her ongoing inclusion of drawing as a major part of her practice. The following year her exhibition ‘Hypnerotomachia’ was seen at the David Nolan Gallery in New York.
In 2009 she showed her first video animations in ‘The Music of Things’, with soundtracks composed by Trevor Knight, at the Green on Red Gallery in Dublin. In 2012 the Irish Museum of Modern Art presented a retrospective of Maher’s work, entitled ‘Becoming’, and including a newly commissioned film Cassandra’s Necklace. Her work is represented in many public collections including The LA Hammond Museum, British Museum, Georges Pompidou Centre, Irish Museum of Modern Art and Boston Museum of Fine Arts.