Another great article featuring my work in the Swarthmore College List Gallery Senior Exhibition Series
Alex Anderson ’13, opened yesterday, April 25, and will be up through April 29. Anderson’s pieces are uniformly elegant, ranging from streamlined beauty to more complex and gilded pieces. One dark, glistening vase serves as a platform for a small ceramic bird, lying on its back with its delicate legs sticking straight up. Others incorporate fragile-looking flower petals or tendrils. Anderson describes his work as moving slowly away from functional sculpture and dealing with themes of “mortality, decay, and ephemeral beauty.” He cites 16th century Dutch still-life paintings and a recent trip to China as influences. He credits vanitas paintings, which he first encountered in his Western Art course, as contributing to his fascinating with “the fleeting nature of life.” For Anderson, “The fact that you can have all these beautiful things in life, but you can’t take them with you” is an eternal conundrum worth exploring. “There’s so much that you can say with an image or an object that words cannot necessarily express,” he said.