Bo-Lee Gallery: What Remains

I follow this gallery on social media so I always get to see what current exhibits they have on. I chose to go and see work by artist Ambrosine Allen. Allen creates beautiful intricate collages of, in my opinion, mystical, dark scenes depicting a turmoil of events portrayed by the landscapes that she creates. To me her work is quite dark and mysterious, perhaps it is down to the colours she uses, but the landscapes that I saw in this exhibition were of some sort of destruction or a portrayal of loneliness. A lot of her collages were scenes of the sea crashing onto rocks or a storm brewing over the water. When I was viewing the work I was completely lost and ‘sucked in’ in a way. You are able to make out the scene as it is, from a distance but I was inquisitive, as I imagine all viewers would be and I wanted to look further into the making of the pieces. As I looked closer I picked out all the smaller details and started to create a picture in my mind of the scene that I was getting lost in. The way she created the collages were with thin linear strips of paper from old books and encyclopaedia’s.

The information sheet I was given from the exhibition says:

‘Simultaneously fantastical and real, beautiful yet troubling, the collages by Allen depict a world in turmoil, landscapes of altered ecosystems that are subject to bizarre natural phenomena. Ruins sit strewn amongst unfamiliar geology, the sea invades the land as the land shifts, the sky broods and terrifying storms roll in. Informed by the science, myths and history of humanity’s interaction with the environment, the series presents us with a ‘new world’, an alternative evolution that shadows our own but is violently shaped by the power and majesty of nature and the self destructive force of mankind.’ (Allen, 2018) 

The names of all the works further explain the works themselves. I really enjoyed losing myself whilst viewing these works. It also made me considering drawing in a further dimension. Allen creates something 2D (able to sell) to go on someones wall but her works are actually raised from a flat 2D surface and have a relief effect. I considered this idea and thought that this links with the energy and chaos within the collages, the work is almost trying to escape itself, out of its form of the circle shape. Thinking about this confined form that the collages are created in (the circle) I started to think about the collages that were not confined in this way. They were more free, ‘allowed’ to reach out and breathe, escape to a better place? The work, in conclusion, offered various interpretations  and as a viewer I love getting excited about a work that I am looking at and being able to have more than one meaning attached to a work.

Reference:

Allen, A (2018) What Remains [Exhibition] London: BoLee Gallery. 12 October 2018 – 3 November 2018

Allen, A. (2018) A Great Advance of Fire [paper collage with UVA varnish] 62 x 62cm. At: London: BoLee Gallery. 12 October 2018 – 3 November 2018

Allen, A. (2018) Alpine Escape [paper collage with UVA filter archival varnish] 7.5 x 7.5cm. At: At: London: BoLee Gallery. 12 October 2018 – 3 November 2018

Allen, A. (2018) Among the Mountains at Night [paper collage with UVA filter archival varnish] 13 x 9cm. At: At: London: BoLee Gallery. 12 October 2018 – 3 November 2018

Allen, A. (2018) In the Sky [paper collage with UVA filter archival varnish] 7.5 x 7.5cm. At: At: London: BoLee Gallery. 12 October 2018 – 3 November 2018

Allen, A. (2018) Storm Where the Land Is Lower [paper collage with UVA varnish] 13 x 19cm. At: At: London: BoLee Gallery. 12 October 2018 – 3 November 2018

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