The central theme explored in the current work of Alicia Dwyer is armor. Armor protects the body in battle and Dwyer is interested in how the armor dress can translate into a metaphor of how women protect their bodies/selves in the world. Dwyer’s black and white paintings of flying and armored dresses capture movement and mystery, with a haunting presence.
In another piece, Battle Dress, a different kind of defense is suggested. In this case, the armor is constructed over a body cast of a pregnant woman. This dress is constructed from softer materials and among the decorative flowers adorning the dress, tiny toy soldiers lie hidden in the petals.
Alicia Dwyer studied at Parson's School of Design and graduated with honors from The School of Visual Arts in NYC. She has been living in MA for over 25 years as a working artist. She taught art at the MFA, DeCordova Museum School and privately. Ten years ago, she moved with her family to the country, and started an organic farm. Dwyer has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions, open studios, outdoor sculpture shows, and numerous juried exhibitions. She was selected in 2 juried outdoor sculpture exhibits at Fruitlands Museum, Harvard MA for which she was awarded 2 prizes. Recently (2016) she had a solo exhibition at ArtSpace Gallery, Maynard MA.
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