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 industrial, semi-transparent wire medium, combined with the wire’s metallic surface finish and its ability to attract and reflect light. The union of these two elements imbues each artwork with varying degrees of density, volume, and often a sense of “aliveness.”
My working method is completely manual: The necessary 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 artworks 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 in Seattle, Washington, Anne Baxter moved to the East Coast to continue her education. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Colby College, Maine with a double major in Art and English. During this time, she also studied Art History and Literature at the University of Reading in England.
Upon graduating from college, Baxter moved to New York where 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.
She then moved to Paris and became a student at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, graduating with Honors (félicitations du jury) and a four-year Fine Arts 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 a technology-based award from Le Figaro and La Compagnie Bancaire.
Baxter participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions during her years in Paris, and then moved to Los Angeles in 1994 where she continued to exhibit both in the United States and abroad. During this period, she began to experiment with gilding and gold-plating her sculpture, as well as developing her more classic works in silver. She also created a body of work exploring the integration of color into her sculpture through the experimental use of abalone.
Relocating to Southern Oregon in 2014, Baxter taught art at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Southern Oregon University, and at the Ashland Art Center. She has recently developed a bronze-toned finishing process to enhance the contrast, volume and texture of her artwork. She is a recipient of a Haines Foundation visual arts grant, exhibited her grant project at the 2017 Artist Awardees Exhibit, and continues to develop a new series of sculpture and bas-relief.