Kelly Allen


The Moon Is Red, gouache on museum board, 20 x 26 inches, 2010

Wake Up, colored pencil on paper, 40 x 26 inches, 2010

Strange Hour, colored pencil on paper, 40 x 26 inches, 2010

Together Then, oil on panel, 10 x 8 inches, 2010

Sweet Like Harmony, gouache and graphite on paper, 26 x 20 inches, 2008


When You Get Home, gouache on museum board, 20 x 26 inches, 2010

She Doesn’t See, oil on panel, 16 x 13 inches, 2009

People And Flowers, gouache on paper, 8 x 10 inches, 2009

 

Artist Statement

Through the careful implementation of oil, acrylic, and gouache paints, graphite, and colored pencil on to paper, panel, or canvas, I often trick the viewer into thinking they are experiencing a collage. These dreamlike, trompe l’oeil paintings and drawings feature clusters of animals, insects, plants, fruits, molecular structures, and colorful graphic elements. They are worlds unto themselves; symbiotic accumulations inspired by the systems within nature, and the human experience of recognizing beauty and inventing meaning. I am fascinated by the natural world, and by the workings of the human mind. I enjoy contemplating the ways that individuals and entire cultures value the beauty and strength in nature, and how symbolism is born from this experience. I believe in universal consciousness, and my process allows me to feel as though I am tapping into something greater than my own mind. This process is composed of three stages, including intuitive, explorative planning, followed by the laborious, exacting execution of painting the composition, and finalized by research and contemplation of the image. Through the research of the individual symbolism of the components within each painting, I learn much about history, anthropology, and psychology. Weaving my own interpretations of the works based on my findings, I feel connected to our ancestors and rooted in this practice of feeling reverence for the earth and its creatures. I do not expect viewers to glean the interpretations I discover within my works, rather I welcome idiosyncratic musings and insights. As each painting is ripe with diverse imagery, it is only natural for every individual to have a unique experience with the work. I aim to replace the question “What does it mean?” with a more fitting one: “What can this mean?

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