Alice Anderson was born in 1972 in London, where she currently lives and works. She regularly uses red twine, copper wire or hair to weave complex webs, creating objects of entrapment, constraint and memory.
She studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris (1998-2001) and at Goldsmiths College (2002-2004), London. She started her career as a filmmaker for which she received international acclaim. However, today she is best known for wrapping copper wire, her preferred medium since 2010, around various everyday objects thus transforming them into shiny uncanny sculptures. For Anderson, by entwining an object, often in a ritualistic process, secures it for posterity, effectively mummifying it; it is an act of “memorizing” and “recording,” therefore, her practice is a means of understanding the world around her as digital technology continues to consume daily life. In 181 kilometers (2015), she paced and spun copper thread for 181 kilometers, hence the title of the work, over the course of several weeks to create an enormous and luminous sphere that was two meters in diameter. In 2012, she founded Alice Anderson’s Travelling Studio which she defines as an itinerant performance lab, studio, archive, collection and exhibition space. She has exhibited extensively at prominent institutions in major solo exhibitions, including at the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf (2011); Freud Museum (2011, 2013), All Visual Arts (2011), The Wellcome Collection (2015), all London; and the Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton (2015), Paris. She participated in the all-female retrospective Elles@CentrePompidou, Centre Georges Pompidou (2010), Paris; Glasstress (2013), Venice; and the Saatchi Gallery’s first all-female exhibition, Champagne Life (2016), London.