Alice Anderson

Sun Tracking

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Year 2019
Medium Watercolour pencil on paper
Dimensions 29.7 x 21.2 cm

About the work

As a probable result of climate change, summer 2018 was a particularly sunny one in London. 

With a red pencil, Anderson began to follow the moving lines of the sun entering through the window panes onto a white page, allowing for a slow and meditative space – like a cosmic reflection. 

One must remember that light is only visible if it encounters an object. “In empty space, even if he is bathed in sunlight, an astronaut will only see black ink”, says Nobel astrophysicist Trinh Xuan Thuan. 

By intercepting the waves’ path, the studio windows, the floor, and the paper sheets function as developers. In a way, without them, light would not be perceived; on the other hand, without light, they would remain invisible. This symbiosis is what makes the world go around.

About the artist:

Born in 1972 in London, Alice Anderson lives and works in London.

Her oeuvre hybridises the worlds of technology and ancestral cultures as a way of finding spirituality through developing technologies.

In a world where machine learning and algorithms govern the fate of humanity, the artist examines what we can learn from our body in its relationship with the universe. Anderson’s approach underscores the urgency of the human dimension in a contemporary world driven by technology. The artist gives substance to the immaterial through ritual-like performances which generate sculptures, drawings and paintings. She paints with colour and weaves copper wire, symbolising cerebral and technological connections of the dawn of the internet.

These dazzling or meditative dances transport her to a level of consciousness which our modern world has all but forgotten, but which Joseph Beuys or Anna Halprin also explored in their time.

Her work is held public collections including Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Espoo Museum; Wellcome Collection, London; Fond National d’Art Contemporain, Paris; and Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris.

Selected solo exhibitions include Hyperlinks, König, London (2021); Prix Marcel Duchamp, Nominees (solo project) Pompidou Centre, Paris (2020); The Ritual of the Shapes, Fluxus Art Projects, London (2020); Sculptures, Performances, Paintings, Atelier Calder, Saché (2019); Heatwaves, Bozar, Brussels (2019); Body Itineraries, La Patinoire Royale, Brussels (2018); Connexions, DenFrie Centre of Contemporary Art, Denmark (2018); Thoughts, In Vivo, Centre Pompidou, Paris (2017); Saatchi Gallery, London (2016); Alice Anderson: Data Space, Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris (2015); Alice Anderson: Memory Movement Memory Objects, Wellcome Collection, London (2015); Collective Books, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2012); and Alice Anderson’s Rituals, Freud Museum, London (2011).

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