Alice Anderson (b. 1972, London) is a performance artist based in London. Anderson studied fine art at École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, and Goldsmiths College, London. Since 2008, she has been exploring body movement in her practice that includes studies of femininity and gender.
Anderson's drawings are generated through repetitive gestures and experiences with her dancers, using oil pastel, copper oil paint and coloured pencils. Her sculptures are made from weaving copper-coloured wire around objects and architecture to ‘memorise’ them. Anderson uses the term ‘memorisation’ to describe the tracing of memory circuits around objects using wire in a meditative ritual.
Anderson has exhibited and performed internationally at museums including Drawing Room, London (2019); Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art, Denmark (2018); La Patinoire Royale, Brussels (2018); Espace Vanderborgh, Brussels (2018); Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2017, 2010); Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai (2016); Espoo Museum of Arts, Finland (2015); Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Paris (2015); Wellcome Collection, London (2014); 55th Venice Biennale, Venice (2013); Whitechapel Art Gallery, London (2012); Kunsthalle Dusseldorf (2011); Freud Museum, London (2011).
Anderson’s work is held in the permanent collections of the Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Espoo Museum, Finland; Wellcome Collection, London; Fond National d’Art Contemporain, France; Fond Regional d’Art Contemporain, France; and Centre National des Arts Plastiques, Paris.
In 2019, Anderson was artist-in-residence of Atelier Calder, Saché, France. She was nominated for the Prix Marcel Duchamp in 2020.Read more
Alice Anderson | Prix Marcel Duchamp 2020 The Nominees
As one of the four nominees of the Prix Marcel Duchamp 2020, considered one of the most prestigious art awards in France, Alice Anderson’s work will be featured at Centre Pompidou, Paris, from 7 October alongside artists Hicham Berrada, Kapwani Kiwanga and Enrique RamÍrez.
In partnership between ADIAF and the Centre Pompidou since 2000, this year the prize celebrates its 20th anniversary as it continues to recognise the most emblematic artists of the moment.
Anderson’s work is performative; her sculptures and paintings result from dance-performances sharing an hybridation of two universes: the world of technology and the spiritual world.
Recent studies on movement led her research to the Kogi culture in the heart of the Sierra Nevada in Colombia where observation of 'the rituality of gestures' and their ancestral practices fed her reflection on the place of the human in contemporary digital societies.
Anderson’s new work will be displayed at Centre Pompidou alongside live performances from 7 October 2020 until 4th January 2021.Read more