Spreading fear and mayhem in the visual arts.

Alice Anderson's Childhood Rituals at Freud Museum, London

by Suzanne on March 30th, 2011


Housebound by Alice Anderson, site specific sculpture made of 3000 metres of dolls' hair, 2011 - Photo by Wurzeltod - click to enlarge

You may have noticed that I'm posting events that are still a few weeks ahead of us. That's mainly because I will be off to my home town of Lucerne in a few days to attend the Fumetto Comics Festival! Weeeee!

Anyways, I'll be back in time for Alice Anderson's (previously featured here) amazing Childhood Rituals installation made of 3 km of dolls' hair wrapped around London's Freud Museum - with new sculptural pieces being on show inside the museum.

Alice Anderson about her work:

“I remember the terrible fears I used to have when I was a child left alone at home for many long hours waiting for the return of my mother. At that time I invented rituals for myself to calm my anxieties. These rituals consisted of undoing the thread from seams and I wound these threads around parts of my body and other objects. This obsession became so bad that I started to do the same thing using my hair.”

I don't miss any of Alice's exhibitions as - just like Chiharu Shiota - she has the rare gift to transform surroundings to the point where space becomes irrelevant and time a distant memory.

If you've never had a chance to see her work up close and you happen to be in London tomorrow, you can also catch a glimpse of her commission to All Visual Arts’ Bound at their new Kings Cross location. Kate MccGwire will also have a piece on show.

On show: Apr 15 - Jun 5, 2011

Address: Freud Museum, 20 Maresfield Gardens, London NW3 5SX, UK, tel: +44 (0)20 7435 2002, email: info@freud.org.uk | Map & Directions

Gallery hours: Wed - Sun: 12 - 5 PM

Admission: £6

Press release

Artist's website

Exhibition Reminder: Alice Anderson's "Time Reversal" closing at Riflemaker, London

by Suzanne on April 24th, 2010


Doll’s Mask N. 5 by Alice Anderson & Mme Tussauds, silicon mask, glass eyes, 20 x 25 cm, 2009

Please apologise for the long silence - I've been busy doing things of great importance and global urgency that I can't actually remember anymore. Hmmm.

Anyhow, here's a super late reminder for my London mates who should be waking up around about now (except Corran of course who tends to wake up with the bats).


Rapunzel by Alice Anderson, synthetic dolls hair, 3000 metres, 2008

Today is the final day of Alice Anderson's very hairy Time Reversal show at the beautiful Riflemaker - my favourite gallery space in town.

So get your sorry arses down/up to Soho and thank me later with drugs and strippers cakes and puppies!


Still from Doll’s Day by Alice Anderson, 2008

Oh, and you can buy a lovely little exhibition booklet (powered by Riflemaker) at the gallery (or get your scissors and Pritt® sticks ready and download a PDF of it here)

Closing: Tonight, Saturday, April 24, 2010, 6 PM

Address: Riflemaker, 79 Beak Street, Soho, London W1F 9SU, UK, tel: 020 7439 0000 | Map

Artist's website

by suzanne_tumblr on April 5th, 2010

Doll’s Mask by Alice Anderson (well, no, actually it’s by Mme Tussauds) - currently on show at London’s Riflemaker, W1F. 

by suzanne_tumblr on April 5th, 2010

Still from Doll’s Day by Alice Anderson - currently on show at London’s Riflemaker, W1F. 

by suzanne_tumblr on April 5th, 2010

Rapunzel by Alice Anderson - currently on show at London’s Riflemaker, W1F.