I can’t find a lot of information on Alice Simpson. She may or may not still be alive. If she’s alive – she’s around 78 years old.
I hope she’s still alive and I hope she is still making art because her art is terrific.
She is the daughter of “rubber-legged” eccentric dancer Hal Sherman and her life and art are focused on theater, music and dance.
She began as a graphic designer and illustrator; then in 1992 began creating Painted Books, unique hand painted folding books that found a place in international museums, libraries and with rare book collectors.
But it is her clay work that I love.
Her first series, Abundant Beauty explores the mystique and beauty of the women who became famous as circus fat ladies; and they are wonderful. Most are simply glazed with perhaps one or two pastel colors. They capture the humor and boldness of these women.
In her dance series, she has a contemplative fat dancer and in her opera series we have a bust title “The Contralto” which is just perfect.
And in her Portrait of the Artist series, she uses her own face to portray herself in various guises.
Ms. Simpson was very involved with the world of ballroom dancing; but I am glad that her sculptures, at times, show us people who are not average in size – or clearly – average in attitude.
Her website is: https://www.alicesimpson.com/
My Pinterest page for Alice Simpson’s fat art is: https://www.pinterest.com/terriweitze/fat-figures-alice-simpson/