Associate Studio Programme 4 : Alicia Reyes McNamara

Alicia Reyes McNamara visited the studio to meet the Associates in May 2018. As the group for this visit was quite small, the discussion was intense, inquisitive and attentive. It was structured first around the artist’s different practices, then by an artist talk. In all the visit lasting over 3 hours, and included a discussion of the Associates work. This began with the Tokyo based Youkobo exchange artist Yuuki Horiuchi, followed by Riah Charles, Jess Heritage and Joshua Waterson, each showing something of their practices. The discussion ranged from topics such as the play between humour and the seriousness of the dialogue within work; language and the liminal spaces of communication and the balance between research and artwork – and how they can or often merge. This was particularly relevant, and very similar, in Jess and Alicia’s practices. Throughout Alicia offered multiple references, artists and advice which all of us felt we could be further inspired by.

We finished off the visit hearing about Alicia’s own practice, and towards the end Alicia played a podcast that spoke of the emotion within language and translation, and the different dialogues and understandings that occur by being bilingual, which we found particularly interesting. Riah Charles.

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