Alicia Reyes McNamara



Archival Giclée on Hahnemühle Photo Rag 308 gsm
Limited Edition of 50, with Certificate of Authenticity
350 x 283mm

During lockdown McNamara began a way to process anxieties in a series of drawings, which quickly became an investigation into folklore and rituals surrounding loss, mourning and healing. Strange beings and landscapes mutate and shapeshift, creating personal imageries and references to Celtic and Mexican mythology.

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Alicia Reyes McNamara’s mixed heritage is an important anchor in her work and the recurrent symbol of water emphasises a cultural fluidity. Her Mexican-Irish American identity is referenced directly in imagery of tropical paradises, while the hypersexualised female body compounds her use of racialised stereotypes in depictions of the Latinx diaspora.

Alicia Reyes McNamara completed her MFA at University of Oxford Ruskin School of Art in 2016. Her work has been included in Bloomberg New Contemporaries (2016). She was awarded the South London Gallery Graduate Residency 2016-17 and her exhibition ‘Nowhere Else’ was exhibited in the first floor galleries in 2017. She was commissioned to create a project as part of 2018 Communal Knowledge at The Showroom. She most recently was awarded an a-n bursary, a Jerwood Bursary, and the Bloomberg New Contemporaries Studio Residency at Hospitalfield. She had solo exhibitions at Niru Ratnam Gallery and Lismore Castle Arts in the past year and is looking forward to being part of The London Open this summer of ’22 at the Whitechapel Gallery.