Artwork > Osmia

"Osmia, more commonly known as the Mason Bee, refers to a genus of solitary bees found worldwide, which construct their nests from clay. Much like the Mason Bee, Allen's sculptural practice is intensely focused around the activities of building, casting, and constructing. With a recent insurgence of color, the process based work incorporates a variety of materials, including resin, concrete, wax, and plaster. It is no accident that Allen's latest work coincides with the onset of spring. Influenced by nature and the abundance of natural fauna and organic materials found in her own garden, the work ranges from sculpture to installation to drawing. The resulting objects suggest notions of growth, metamorphism, and rebirth. At the same time, interesting tensions abound. Imperfect, rough surfaces and marred beauty hint at elements of decay. The physical materiality of the work alludes to organic structures, tissue, membranes, skin and bone. The materials used to construct the work also suggest a suspension of growth and time, as if the pieces have been preserved in a kind of otherworldly stasis. It is at once a wondrous and unsettling world Allen creates, where ardent curiosity with the natural world embodies both scientific observation and the imagination." Karen Azarnia
















Noelle Allen %Osmia% Design Cloud Christine Remy Tess Farris
resin, wax, concrete, metal, and organic materials
2014
Noelle Allen, Osmia
resin, wax, concrete, metal, and organic materials
2014
Noelle Allen, Osmia
resin, wax, concrete, metal, and organic materials
2014
Noelle Allen, Osmia
resin, wax, concrete, metal, and organic materials
56"x17"x17"
2014
Noelle Allen, Osmia
resin, wax, concrete, metal, and organic materials
2014