Approved: 03.09.2012

Alicia Bruce

Artist, Lecturer / academic, Gallery educator, Community worker

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Approved: 03.09.2012

'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.

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  • 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
  • Categories: Participatory, Photography
 

Biography

'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

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2006 - BA (Hons) Photography, Film & Imaging, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, Scotland Solo exhibitions 2013 - Menie: A Portrait of a North East Community in conflict, Chamber Lobby: The Scottish Parliament (This is not a public exhibition), The Scottish Parliament, Hollyrood, Edinburgh, Scotland 2013 - The Valleys Project - Blaenavon Male Voice Choir, Ffotogallery at The Royal Welsh Academy of Music & Drama, Cardiff 2011 - Menie: a portrait of a North East community in conflict, Moray Art Centre, Findhorn, Scotland 2011 - Menie: a portrait of a North East community in conflict, Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen, Scotland 2008 - Alicia Bruce: Artist in Residence 2008, Aberdeen Art Centre, Aberdeen, Scotland Group exhibitions 2013 - 'diffusion - Cardiff International Photography Festival 2013, Ffotogallery, Cardiff, South Wales 2012 - echt? jetzt! Fotografie. , Kunst- und Gewerbeverein Regensburg , Regensburg, Germany 2012 - Molly Forbes: Paradise, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen, Scotland 2012 - The Gathering: Curated by Rhubarb Rhubarb, Diemar/Noble Gallery, London, England 2011 - Foto8 Summershow, Foto8 Gallery, London, England 2009 - Feedback Loop: after Kenny Hunter, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland 2009 - Flood in the Highlands: after Sir Edwin Landseer, City Art Centre, Edinburgh, Scotland Artist talks 2012 - Artist Talk & Panel Discussion, Regensburg Contemporary Photography Symposium, Regensburg, Germany 2012 - The Photograph as Document, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland 2011 - ArtBites: The Menie Project, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, Scotland Residencies 2011 - Photographer in Residence | The Valleys Project, Ffotogalley & Blaenavon World Heritage, South Wales 2009 - Artist in Residence , Project Slogan, Aberdeen, Scotland 2008 - Artist in Residence, Aberdeen Arts Centre, Aberdeen, Scotland