Alicia Bruce, Arthur’s Seat by Andrew Rafferty
Alicia Bruce’s award winning photographs have been presented on an international platform and won several artists’ residencies and bursaries. Her images have featured in national press including The Times, The Scotsman, and STV News, and are represented in several public and private collections including the National Galleries of Scotland photography collection.
Her commercial portfolio features an impressive list of high profile clients including the National Galleries of Scotland and Cashback for Creativity.
“Alicia Bruce’s photographic practice comprises compassionate, figurative compositions based on well-known works of art. Often the source paintings or sculptures which she uses can be found in local collections. By photographically recasting and artistically reinterpreting such work, Bruce brings the history of art into the present. In doing so, her scenes offer a contemporary socio-political dimension.
In the history of photography, one can find others who have worked with such visual intertextuality (for instance Cindy Sherman and Dina Goldstein), but Bruce’s work functions in a distinctly Scottish context. The overall aesthetic seems more reminiscent of the work of William Eggleston with its intense colour and matt finish. Bruce believes in her medium as craft – she firmly subscribes to tangible film and print and prefers her work to be accessed in person. Close-up, the work is strikingly hyper-realistic with its sharp attention to detail. At large, they are powerful, transformative texts which employ strategies of of quotation to make pertinent statements about society. Alicia Bruce captures those subtle flickers of idiosyncrasy which make for truly individual portraits.”
– Catriona McAra (University of Glasgow)