About Godchildren of Enantios:
Alice Maher’s imaginary world is rich in references to myth and legend. Attracted to the notion of extremes, to dialectical forces battling themselves out, Maher embraces all at once the beautiful and the grotesque, the decorative and the minimal, the sweet and the menacing. Maher’s work investigates the Jungian term ‘enantiodromia’ (from the Greek word enantios meaning ‘opposite’), a theory that the superabundance of any force produces its opposite. In fairy tales, the narrative is primarily concerned with good versus evil but in Maher’s work, opposites often overlap and merge with each other to form a new and alternative tale with limitless permutations of theme and outcome.
Godchildren of Enantios is from a body of work that the artist calls "film drawings" - all of which follow the metamorphoses of one simple but ever-changing drawing through thousands of changes, slips, erasures and transformations. Beginning with a sheet of Hahnemuhle paper, the artist scans each stage of the pencil drawing at 10-minute intervals, preserving the images as documents in a computer until the paper itself is ruined and no actual drawing remains. Maher’s technique is simple, yet there is a sophistication and wit at play in her weird polymorphic imagery, which does not allow for any fixed meaning to emerge and breaks all the rules of conventional animation. Here, everything appears to turn into its opposite, and any attempt at narrative is annihilated before it can take hold. People, animals, plants and objects all co-exist, cavort, copulate, do combat and disappear to a soundscape by composer Trevor Knight that entwines itself in the unfolding imagery as a surprising punctuation rather than as a musical accompaniment.
About Alice Maher:
Alice Maher has been in numerous solo and group exhibitions and her work is represented internationally in museum and private collections. In 1986, she was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship, and in 1994 she was one of three artists representing Ireland in the 22nd Sao Paolo Biennale in Brazil. The Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin mounted a retrospective of Maher’s work in 2012. The artist currently works in Ireland.
About Art Basel - Film:
Organized in association with David Gryn, Director of Londonʼs Artprojx, the Film sector presents a dynamic program of films by and about artists. Screenings take place at the outdoor setting of SoundScape Park, where works are shown on the 7,000-square-foot outdoor projection wall of the Frank Gehry-designed New World Center; and within personal viewing pods inside the Miami Beach Convention Center. In addition, Zurich film connoisseur This Brunner selects a feature length film for a special screening at the Colony Theatre.