Saturday, August 27, 2011

Web of Hair


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Bound, 2011. Sculpture, wood and dolls' hair, 3.50m x 2.50m*

Franco-British visual artist and filmmaker Alice Anderson' takes hobby and passion to the next level. Her love and admiration, even obsession with dolls allowed her to construct new and oddly very fascinating body of work. She's quite charming, a young and beautiful visionary who often finds herself reinterpreting her childhood and her stories using long red hair and doll's games in a manner of Hans Bellmer. Nevertheless, her work also reminds me of the work of Japanese artist, Chiharu Shiota, whom I adore for her complex yet innovative and visually stimulating installations.


I came across her work while browsing the video archives online at La Cinémathèque Française's website. In this filmed interview (click on the image to be directed to the video), the artist discusses in depth her usage of doll's hair as her primary material. She questions the material as a fundamental element of her vocabulary and admire it for its aesthetic challenges. The work with architecture is presented as an essential component to the development and assembly of most of her site-specific work.





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Housebound, 2011. A site-specific sculpture installation, 3,000m of dolls' hair*




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Crossing, 2010-11. A site-specific sculpture installation, 5,000m of dolls' hair. La Cinémathèque Française*

It is fascinating to see professional climbers help make her concept into reality, thread by thread. Using walkie talkie to communicate with the technicians, Alice Anderson, as La Cinémathèque Française describes her, "is like a choreographer who marvelously orchestrates an unusual ballet of threads from a distance."



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Mother Web, 2010. A site-specific sculpture installation, 5,000m of dolls' hair. Royal Opera House, London*



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Birth, 2010. A site-specific sculpture installation, 4,000m of dolls' hair*



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Synapses, 2010. A site-specific sculpture installation, 1,000m of dolls' hair*



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Immured, 2008. A site-specific sculpture installation, 3,000m of dolls' hair. Chagall Museum, Nice*

More of Anderson's films, sculptural/installation work and video interviews can be viewed directly at her website.

Artist: Alice Anderson | Source: La Cinémathèque Française

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