Artwork > Trellis

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.

When All Waters Still
graphite on mylar
60"x80"
2012
Noelle Allen Sender Channel Receiver source
glass, metal, clay, and thorns
2012
Noelle Allen Sender Channel Receiver source
glass, metal, clay, and thorns
2012
Kore
plaster, clay, resin, wax and oil paint
2012
The inclination of moons
wax and resin
each 20”Wx20”Dx16”H
2012
The Inclination of Moons ( detail)
wax and resin
each 20”Wx20”Dx16”H
2012
Black Sea, Persephone
plaster, graphite
26.5"x25.5"x12"
2012
The Bride
metal, clay, lace, mushrooms, resin and wood
11"x13"x65"
2012
The Bride
metal, clay, lace, mushrooms, resin and wood
11"x13"x65"
2012
Trailing
graphite & watercolor on blueprint
41"x47"
2012
Hidden (States)
graphite on mylar
7.5"x14.5"
2012