Photo: Alicia Bruce in Edinburgh, Scotland

Alicia Bruce

Artist, Lecturer / academic, Gallery educator, Community worker

'Alicia Bruce's photographic practice comprises compassionate, figurative compositions based on well-known works of art. Often the source paintings or sculptures which she uses can be found in local collections. By photographically recasting and artistically reinterpreting such work, Bruce brings the history of art into the present. In doing so, her scenes offer a contemporary sociopolitical dimension. In the history of photography one can find others who have worked with such visual intertextuality (for instance Cindy Sherman and Dina Goldstein), but Bruce's work functions in a distinctly Scottish context. The overall aesthetic seems more reminiscent of the work of William Eggleston with its intense colour and matt finish. Bruce believes in her medium as craft - she firmly subscribes to tangible film and print, and prefers her work to be accessed in person. Close-up, the work is strikingly hyper-realistic with its sharp attention to detail. At large, they are powerful, transformative texts which employ strategies of quotation to make pertinent statements about society. Alicia Bruce captures those subtle flickers of idiosyncrasy which make for truly individual portraits.' (Catriona McAra, University of Glasgow read full statement

Location Edinburgh, Scotland
Activities Further education, Adult education, Special needs education, Lecturing, Residencies, Workshops, Learning programmes, Disability arts, Community arts, Participatory projects, Private commissions, Journalism, Film-making, Photographic documentation
Artforms / type of project Participatory, Photography