Purdy Hicks Gallery is pleased to present Hybrid, a group exhibition including artworks by Nilbar Güreş, Marcia Kure, Alice Maher, and Sally Smart. The works exhibited demonstrate visual explorations of hybridization, both through the subject matter and artistic medium.
The hybrid brings ancient mythology to mind, recalling stories of half-human, half-animal creatures.
Aspects of this are conveyed in Alice Maher's watercolours, combining figurative imagery with organic forms from the natural world. Alice Maher (born 1956, Co.Tipperary) is an Irish artist who has produced some of the most iconic images in Irish art: watercolour paintings, sculpture, photography, film-drawings, installation, video and charcoal drawings. Becoming, a retrospective exhibition of Alice Maher's work, was held at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, in 2012-13.
Sally Smart's collages offer dynamic visual juxtapositions of form and pattern, creating new compositions from repurposed images. Sally Smart (born 1960, Quorn, South Australia) is an Australian artist who has long been concerned with the feminine identity from both a contemporary and historical perspective.
Hybrid identities are formed in Marica Kure's mixed media works on paper, reflecting imagery that confronts loss and postcolonial destabilization. Marcia Kure (born 1970, Nigeria) is a Nigerian artist now living and working in Princeton, US. Marcia Kure trained at the University of Nigeria. A prominent member of the University of Nigeria-based Nsukka School, known for its combination of lyrical simplicity and socio-political vision, her recent drawing, photomontage and sculptures imagine alternative worlds.
Issues of identity are similarly dealt with in the work of Nilbar Güreş, who uses collage to investigate the merging of place, gender, and social politics. Nilbar Güreş (Istanbul, 1977) is a Turkish artist. She received a BA degree in Painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Marmara University, İstanbul, and then completed her MA degree in Painting & Graphics from the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. In her works, Güreş explores the female identity, the role of women, the relations between women and their homes and public spaces, as well as, the relation between women. She also focuses on the image of Muslim women in Europe. Her works include collages, videos, performances, photographs and objects.