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What It Is To Burn by Richard Maguire

What it is to burn is an exploration of the evidentiary chain of the linguistic prompts that form bodies as burning, burned, burned out and burnt. It works around desire, passing, and the intersections of race, sexuality and nationality.


Richard Maguire (b.1991, Aberdeen) is an artist currently living and working in Scotland. Born to a Britsh-Indian mother and and Irish father, Maguire works predominantly between personal and archival matter, his work is an ongoing exploration into mnemonic renderings of the intersection between sexual and racialised othering from the Antique to contemporary society. His practice examines differences and the blending and collapsing of distinct identities and cultures between archetypal embodiment, likeness, representation and being, utilising drawing and other mimetic approaches to do so.


Maguire studied at Gray’s School of Art (2013), The Royal Drawing School (2015) and The Glasgow School of Art (2018).

Recent shows and projects include: GIFC and Vapid, Languid, Limp & Lounging at Assembly House, Leeds. His work can be found in several private collections including The Royal Collection & The Heyman-Mortiz Collection.

What It Is To Burn by Richard Maguire

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