Utilizing a layered palette of materials - clay, plaster, beeswax,oil paint - the body of sculpture TRELLIS establishes congealed surfaces that resemble membranes or skin. Specifically, the pinches, pulls, folds and various permutations in diverse surfaces such as resin-infused wax are organic abstractions that explore the pleasure and pain of the life-giving body. The body is seen as a vulnerable, imperfect state but one that is also strong, resilient, and incredibly transformative. By juxtaposing vulnerable tissue with natural elements, such as thorns, and by "containing" the surface in glass, Trellis suggests an inaccessible growth or transformation from within each mass. Tension between representation and abstraction develops as individual components are bonded, jointed, and draped together. While the forms reference molecular structures, botanical forms, and medical models, they do not mimic the organic; instead the work relies on an aesthetic of fantasy to resist definition. Further interruptions in cohesion and scale test the sense of texture and depth.
Artist Bio / CV
Originally from Sacramento, California, Noelle Allen received a B.A. from Smith College in 2002 and a Master’s of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in May 2004. Her work moves between drawings, photography and sculpture in an inquiry about material transformation and the tenuous moments that are revealed in the transition from permanence to absence. Her work has been featured at Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, IL, David Weinberg Gallery, the Berliner Liste, Wendy Cooper Gallery, and in the 12x12 series at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. She is an associate professor at Dominican University, River Forest.