ANNE BAXTER - Light Sculpture
Through the porous material of my wire mesh medium, the inner and outer spaces can be perceived simultaneously, suggesting an underlying unity which pervades both. The viewer is able to see through outside appearances of form, and to peer directly into and then back out through each sculpture's outer boundaries.
The overall effect of my work is one of light and transparency, an effect achieved through the contrast of the grey industrial, cage-like wire medium, combined with the wire's galvanized surface finish and its ability to attract light. The union of these two elements imbues the sculptures with varying degrees of density, volume, and often a sense of "aliveness".
My working method is completely manual: My tools consist of small pliers and scissors with which I cut and bend the wire mesh, while wearing thick gloves for hand protection. I first discovered this medium in New York in 1984 while I was working on an armature to be covered in plaster. After the plaster was added, it became apparent the sculpture had been more compelling before the addition of the mat plaster surface.
I then began to create wire-works with the intention of leaving the wire mesh foundation in its raw form, while developing a re-galvanization process at the point of completion which serves to unify, protect, and enliven these sculptures.
- Anne Baxter
Born and raised in Seattle, Baxter later moved to the East Coast to continue her education. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Colby College with a double major in Art and English. During this time, Baxter also studied Art History and Literature at the University of Reading in England. She has exhibited in Group and One-Person Exhibitions since 1983 both nationally and internationally, including shows in New York, Paris, Tokyo, Chicago, Mexico City, and Los Angeles. Her work is in numerous collections in the United States and abroad.
On graduating from college, Baxter moved to New York and took an office job at The Whitney Museum of American Art, at which time she studied drawing & anatomy at The Art Students League. It was during this period that she created two large-scale works in what would become her signature medium, wire mesh.
Baxter then moved to Paris and became a student of Pol Bury and Gérard Singer at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. She had her first one-person gallery exhibition in 1988 at La Galerie de Poche. One year later, she graduated from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts with Honors (“avec les félicitations du jury”) and with a four-year degree in Sculpture. Her work was the subject of the ENSBA’s first one-person student publication, “Traces 2”. She was the recipient of various awards during this period, including an award from Le Figaro & La Compagnie Bancaire on the theme of the advancement of technology. Baxter continued to work and exhibit in Paris until her move to Los Angeles at the end of 1993. There she began to experiment with gilding / gold-plating her wire works, as well as developing her more classic works in silver. Baxter also created an experimental body of work exploring the integration of color into her sculpture using the medium of abalone.
Baxter currently lives in Southern Oregon where she teaches at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Southern Oregon University, as well as at the Ashland Art Center. She is currently working on a series of Prints, Sculpture, and Bas-relief.