Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Alice and Her Looking Glass; the Dolls Day: Amazing Self-Portraits of Red-Haired Anderson

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Alice and Her Looking Glass; the Dolls Day: Amazing Self-Portraits of Red-Haired Anderson

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Byline: BEN LEWIS

Alice Anderson **** Artprojx Space, SW3

IT IS RARE to find such precision and originality in the work of a contemporary artist as one does in the fragmented fairytales of Alice Anderson. The 33-year-old London-based French artist, who is instantly recognisable with her long red hair, has shown her films in the Tate and the Pompidou and last year held simultaneous exhibitions at a trio of national French museums, in which she laid out more than 3,000 metres of autobiographical red hair through all three spaces in a gigantic installation called Rapunzel.

In David Gryn's temporary Knightsbridge gallery, she works to a more modest scale but to no less amazing effect. Upstairs there are a series of maquettes as delicate as they are extreme.

A tiny self-portrait of a doll with long red hair lies face down at the bottom of a phallic cylinder of white leather punctured by hundreds of tiny white pins. At the base of another transparent glass cone lies another half-visible naked doll, shrouded in ghostly white cotton wool, on a bed of white quilt. …

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