Alicia Reyes McNamara - 2016/17

Alicia Reyes McNamara

Alicia Reyes McNamara

Alicia Reyes McNamara, Double Displacement, wall paper, wood, inkjet print-outs, ceramics, paint, plaster, foam, dimensions variable, 2016

Alicia Reyes McNamara

Alicia Reyes McNamara

Alicia Reyes McNamara, Our bodies that were not ours, oil paint and ceramics, dimensions variable, 2016

Alicia Reyes McNamara is the sixth South London Gallery Graduate Resident and is in residence at the SLG's Outset Artists' Flat for six months from November 2016 and will exhibit in the first floor galleries in late spring 2017. The residency includes provision of a studio thanks to the generous support of Artists Studio Company (ASC).

Reyes McNamara’s work deals with issues of displacement, particularly within a double diaspora. Her work aims to challenge incomplete identities constructed by two-dimensional ideas of Latino culture. It acknowledges the absurdity, and at times vulgarity, in the projected images found within the media’s exaggerated caricatures and telenovela kitsch. 

Her work translates the Mexican-American or Chicana identity through a British lens, where preconceptions are very different from those in the United States. She has adopted a cartoon-like aesthetic for its approachability to convey difficult subject matter and make it appear light and at times humorous and all the more revealing. Reyes McNamara is interested in the changing identity of the Latino diaspora and how authenticity is being negotiated within the hollow remnants of Western imposed views of the tropics.

Alicia Reyes McNamara recently received her MFA from the University of Oxford’s Ruskin School of Art, after completing her BFA at California College of the Arts. Her work has been included in the Bloomberg New Contemporaries exhibition at the Bluecoat and ICA this year. 

The South London Gallery Graduate Residency
Supported by Artists Studio Company (ASC)
www.ascstudios.co.uk  

 


 

 

 


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