Pattern, both manufactured and natural, has long influenced the delicate yet powerful work of Anne Allen. The ephemeral beauty of domestic items such as doilies, lace, floral wallpaper, hairnets, is abstracted at a large scale, endowing the objects with a presence beyond their utilitarian purpose. Installations and wall drawings activate the space, while injecting a sense of the temporal. Allen looks to her experiences in nature to create linear works inspired by the tangled lines of vines; and the network of criss-crossing scratches incurred while hiking. These “Bloody Scratch Drawings” take as their title the coordinates of the geocache site where the scratches were sustained. In these works, the use of rich watercolor and golden ink elevate mundane elements to a precious standing. Anne grew up in Fort Worth, TX, and has lived and worked in Los Angeles, CA, Portland, OR and New York’s Hudson Valley before returning to Texas in 1999. She received her M.F.A. in metals from the State University of New York at New Paltz and her B.F.A. in painting and printmaking from the University of Texas at Austin. She has shown her work extensively in solo and group exhibitions throughout Texas as well as New York, and was a finalist for the Hunting Art Prize in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011. A curator and arts administrator, Allen served as Director of the Arlington Museum of Art (AMA) from 2001-2007, and as Executive Director of The Old Jail Art Center in Albany, Texas, 2000. She is currently a Public Art Project Manager with the Arts Council of Fort Worth, Texas.
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