Alicia Bruce

Molly Forbes, Paradise

About this artwork

In 2010 Alicia Bruce spent the summer collaborating with the residents of Menie, a small community in Aberdeenshire. The area was catapulted into the press following the threat of compulsory purchase orders on several of their homes as part of Trump International’s planned golf course and housing development. In Bruce’s series of portraits she approached the subjects from an art historical stand point, with the residents restaging compositions from famous paintings. This image shows Molly Forbes re-enacting James Guthrie’s iconic painting, ‘To Pastures New’. In positioning the residents in their own landscape, Bruce is asserting their strength and defiance against Trump’s plans.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Molly Forbes, Paradise
  • date created:
    21 August 2010
  • materials:
    Ink jet print
  • measurements:
    63.50 x 99.80 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased 2011
  • accession number:
    PGP 748.1
  • gallery:
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Alicia Bruce

Alicia Bruce