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Noelle Allen
updated: 07/24/2012
website: www.noelleallen.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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The Inclination of Moons
The Bride
Graph ( Time)
Graph ( Time)
Kore
When All Waters Still
Ilithyia
Black Sea, Persephone
Sender, Channel, Receiver, Source
Involution
 
Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, anatomy, animals, obsessive, organic, process
 
 
The Inclination of Moons by Noelle Allen
The Inclination of Moons
wax and resin
2012
20 " x  16 "  x 20 " 
The Bride by Noelle Allen
The Bride
clay, wood, metal, resin, lace and mushrooms
2012
65 " x  13 "  x 11 " 
Graph ( Time)  by Noelle Allen
Graph ( Time)
graphite, tea and watercolor on paper
2012
2417 " x  35 " 
Graph ( Time) by Noelle Allen
Graph ( Time)
graphite, tea and watercolor on paper
2012
24 " x  35 " 
Kore by Noelle Allen
Kore
plaster, clay, resin, wax and oil paint
2012
32 " x  48 "  x 24 " 
When All Waters Still by Noelle Allen
When All Waters Still
graphite on Mylar
2012
60 " x  80 " 
Ilithyia by Noelle Allen
Ilithyia
clay, terra cotta, resin, and wood
2012
13 " x  5 "  x 5 " 
Black Sea, Persephone by Noelle Allen
Black Sea, Persephone
graphite and plaster
2012
24 " x  24 "  x 12 " 
Sender, Channel, Receiver, Source by Noelle Allen
Sender, Channel, Receiver, Source
glass, clay, graphite, metal, and thorns
2012
40 " x  5 "  x 5 " 
Involution by Noelle Allen
Involution
wax, resin, and steel
2012
17 " x  17 "  x 8 " 

Artist Statement
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.