Reservoir showcases Alice Maher's never-before-seen collection of sketchbooks and tebooks that span her entire career. These colourful, playful and evocative documents are placed alongside some of Maher's pivotal artworks, inviting the reader to examine how the artist drew from her reservoir of sketches, musings and ideas to form the cornerstones of her rewned artistic career, and to examine the complex relationship between inspiration and finished' pieces. Beautifully crafted and designed with a full and invative engagement with the material, Reservoir draws from Alice Maher's famed body of work to become a work of art in itself.
Born in 1956, Alice Maher was awarded a Masters degree in Fine Art from the University of Ulster and a Fulbright Scholarship to San Francisco Art Institute. Her work can be seen in significant international collections such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Fogg Museum; the British Museum; the Irish Museum of Modern Art; the Hammond Museum, and the Pompidou Centre. She lives and works in Ireland. Foreword by Whitney Chadwick, art historian specialising in surrealism, contemporary art and gender issues. She is the author of the widely acclaimed study Women, Art and Society.