Alicia Reyes McNamara



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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.
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.

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.