Alicia Paz

Alicia Paz's paintings, collages and standing figures deal primarily with identity and the notion of a divided subject/author, and explore the mutability of subjectivity. In recent years, Paz has focused on the female figure: the Self is experienced and presented as multiple, paradoxical, and in flux.  Inhabiting fantastical and exotic landscapes, her feminine subjects become fused and combined with organic life.  Strange and unsettling visions of tree-women and monster-women also represent the fusion of the Subject with painting itself: she often depicts amphibian or plant-like figures ‘weeping’ pigment, their limbs, hair, and various ornamental accoutrements mud-caked and dripping, as if extracted from a colourful, post-cognitive swamp.

 

In a parallel series, multi-faceted representations of “trees” allow for an exploration of identity as an interweaving of narratives.

 

Alicia Paz has had several solo exhibitions in the UK, France, Mexico, and Argentina, including the Mexican Cultural Institute in Paris (2013), and Dukan Gallery, Leipzig (2014). A semi-retrospective exhibit of her work was featured in L.A.C. Sigéan in collaboration with FRAC Languedoc-Roussillon (2010). Paz has participated in international painting surveys such as Slow Magic, Contemporary Approaches to Painting at the Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool (2009) as well as Heute. Spektrum. Malerei. at Kunstmuseum Magdeburg (2012). Other solo projects include Drawing Now at Carrousel du Louvre with Galerie Dukan & Hourdequin (2012), Pippy Houldsworth Gallery, London (2006) and Ruth Benzacar Gallery in Buenos Aires (2005).

 

2015/2016 projects include a solo show, The Garden of Follies, and a public sculpture commission, both at Kunstmuseum Magdeburg, Germany. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue designed by Fraser Muggeridge studio.