Sculptor Alice Anderson has mummified a series of objects entirely in copper thread.
She has recently put all her sculptures onto an exhibition in Wellcome Collection, London.
Named “Memory Movement Memory Objects,” the exhibition has put more than 100 works by Alice on display.
The exhibition is divided into five sections, namely “the Studio”, “Recognizable Objects”, “Abstract Objects”, “Assemblage and Accumulation” and “Distorted Objects”.
“Recognizable Objects” brings together familiar shapes, from computers, window frames, drawing books and bicycles, to larger structures, such as a staircase and a boat.
“Abstract Objects” features 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” makes unlikely and suggestive alignments, with grouped items bound and encapsulated together.
“Distorted Objects” sees new shapes emerging as objects are twisted and transformed by the pressure of wire wound around them, or physical definition is lost to the accretion of copper.
Kate Forde, curator of Wellcome Collection gives out her understandings about the ideas behind the works.
SOUNDBITE(English): KATE FORDE, Curator, Wellcome Collection
“It’s almost seen in our modern world. Memories are becoming outsourced to the digital sphere. And we are kind of slight losing track of the material substances of things and I think this is why Alice’s work is taken such decisively sculptural term. And you can see all around you in the exhibition or the modern humble things that we might take from granted but here become precious and beautiful and uncanny.”
Visitors of the exhibition are also allowed to mummify a 1967 Ford Mustang and other smaller objects with copper wire personally.
The creation offers people an alternative way of remembering.
SOUNDBITE(English): KEN ARNOLD, Head of Public Programs, Wellcome Collection
“We all know that feeling of seeing something we haven’t seen for a long time and feeling emotional feeling sad feeling happy because it’s something that reminds us the childhood may be. So Alice picks up on that idea of what objects in our lives mean to us. And then takes them back step. So makes them almost disappear behind this copper wire. So we have this idea that we are trying to retrieve this memories. So trying to remember what these objects mean in our lives. And that’s one of the ideas that Alice is playing with I think.”
The exhibition will be on show until October 18th.