Alice Anderson
Memory Movement Memory Objects

Alice Anderson
Memory Movement Memory Objects

Wellcome Collection

Alice Anderson, Ropes, 2014. Copper threads and rope, dimensions variable. Photo: Matt Holyoak. Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons by-nc-nd 4.0.
July 15, 2015
Alice AndersonMemory Movement Memory Objects

22 July–18 October 2015

Wellcome Collection
183 Euston Road,
London, NW1 2BE

Wellcome Collection presents Memory Movement Memory Objects, a major exhibition of over 100 works by artist Alice Anderson. Anderson’s sculptures are entirely mummified in copper thread, creating glistening landscapes of beautiful, uncanny and transformed objects. Each piece is an exploration and act of memory. The works interrogate how we create, record and transform the present and how we imagine the future.

Memory Movement Memory Objects will comprise five areas. The first of which, “The Studio,” will extend the creative process of the artist’s practice into the gallery, in a performance at once meditative and communal. It offers visitors the unique experience of contributing to the creation of a new artwork, as a 1967 Ford Mustang is mummified in the gallery. The sounds of unspooling bobbins of wire and metal enclosing metal will provide a soundtrack to the space, where collaborative focus and repetitive movement elicit a reflection on consciousness and our mutable relationship to time.

“Recognisable Objects” will bring together familiar shapes, from computers and bicycles, to larger structures, such as a staircase and a boat. Both taken from the artist’s studio and created by invited contributors, these works will be presented as glittering ensembles. “Abstract Objects” will feature geometric forms where ornamentation is held not in the shape of objects but the shining textured patterns of the copper wire that contains them.”Assemblage and Accumulation” will make unlikely and suggestive alignments, with grouped items bound and encapsulated together. “Distorted Objects” will see new shapes emerge as objects are transformed by the pressure of wire wound around them, or physical definition is lost to the accretion of copper.

The gallery will carry the mesmerising glint of displayed treasure, akin to entering a Pharaoh’s tomb, but the objects on show are fashioned relics, or new archaeology. For the artist, the sheen of copper is key to the absorbing physical and mental experience of entombing objects. The process of mummification is simultaneously a gesture of protection and an invocation of death, and Anderson’s exquisite sculptures pose challenging questions about the comforts and consolations of memories. Offering an alternative way of remembering, the exhibition will animate the terrain where movement, objects and consciousness meet.

Memory Movement Memory Objects brings together works and process in the gallery. The Studio is a place producing a solidarity bound to objects. Each woven item is a ritual object. Small ones elicit an intense concentration, generating fast motions, whilst larger objects require slower movements that engender deep collaboration and exchange. These charged works are markers of time and affirm for me the value of physical records and the power of human memory in the fascinating digital age we live in.” –Alice Anderson

“With this exhibition, Alice Anderson shows that even those objects that ‘speak’ to us because of their familiarity are fundamentally altered by our experience of time. Anderson’s invitation to create a social sculpture will enable visitors to discover both the unstable nature of memory and its profoundly creative potential. As we attempt to bridge the gap between then and now we are also called upon to connect with each other, and to move from being onlookers to participants.”–curator Kate Forde

A publication and full programme of events will accompany the exhibition.

About Alice Anderson 
Alice Anderson studied at Goldsmiths College London from 2001 to 2004. Recent projects include Data at the Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris (2015); Objectified at the Saatchi Gallery, London (2015); British Contemporary Art at Rizzordi Art Foundation, St Petersburg (2014); White Light at the  55th Venice Biennale (2013); Notebooks at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2012); and Childhood Rituals at the Freud Museum (2011), which was a cornerstone project inspiring her future geometrical work and practice with copper wire.

In 2011, Alice Anderson developed a technique of weaving by winding copper wire around objects which appear “mummified” upon completion. In 2012, she founded the Travelling Studio, an itinerant space establishing connections between people, communities and cultures, creating a collective archaeology of the present by recording with woven wire significant objects as witnesses of our time.

About Wellcome Collection  
Wellcome Collection is the free visitor destination for the incurably curious. Located at 183 Euston Road, London, it explores the connections between medicine, life and art in the past, present and future. The newly expanded venue offers contemporary and historic exhibitions and collections, lively public events, the world-renowned Wellcome Library, a café, a shop, a restaurant and conference facilities, as well as publications, tours, a book prize, international and digital projects.

Wellcome Collection is part of the Wellcome Trust, a global charitable foundation dedicated to improving health.

Media contact
Tim Morley, Senior Media Officer / T +020 7611 8612 / [email protected]


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