Alicia Bruce

Mike and Sheila Forbes, Mill of Menie (15 August 2010)

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 Mike and Sheila Forbes re-enacting Grant Wood’s sinister painting, ‘American Gothic’. Although parodied numerous times, Bruce evokes something of the tension in the original painting, with the Forbes defiant subjects ready to fight for their land.

  • title: Mike and Sheila Forbes, Mill of Menie
  • accession number: PGP 748.2
  • artist: Alicia BruceScottish (born 1979)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Photograph
  • materials: Ink jet print
  • date created: 15 August 2010
  • measurements: 99.80 x 82.50 cm
  • credit line: Purchased 2011
  • copyright: © Alicia Bruce www.aliciabruce.co.uk

Alicia Bruce

Alicia Bruce

Bruce was born in Aberdeen and went on to study Photography, Film and Imaging at Edinburgh’s Napier University, graduating in 2006. Since then her work has focused on the collaborative nature which exists in portraiture – that of the relationship between the artist and the sitter. Her most recent projects have involved communities, such as ‘Menie: A portrait of a North East community in conflict’. Alongside her work as a practicing photographer, Bruce is a lecturer in photography at Stevenson College and a freelance educator at the National Galleries of Scotland.