My current work is an interpretation and illustration of Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities. Inspired by objects in cities that mimic the cities themselves, objects in the landscape are abstracted to become their own landscape. The work is a commentary on the experience of human existence, exploring the universal semiotic and semantic language of objects, manipulated environments and constructed realities. While drawing attention to the strangeness and absurdity of everyday things, the work aims to de-code, re-configure, and re-present everyday experience in an almost-familiar ‘counter-world’.
Interested in the value and hierarchy of objects, my work explores the human, empathic relationships we often have with them. Through an investigation into material culture and context I aim to elevate the status of abandoned, lost, and overlooked objects. By exploring the poetics of the every-day, my work champions the underdog, celebrating and commemorating everyday experiences, while encouraging the act of noticing.
CV & Education
Caroline Jayne Allen Curriculum Vitae
Sept 09- June 2012 University Of Brighton BA (Hons) 3D Materials Practice: First Class Honors.
Sept 06- May 08 Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge Certificate of Education
Sep 98- Jun 01 Buckingham Chilterns University BA (Hons) Textile Surface Design
Exhibitions and Events
June: Invisible Cities, Glover Gallery, Giggleswick, North Yorkshire (Solo Show)
April-June: Oriel Davies Open 2014, Oriel Davies Gallery, Wales
November 2013-January 2014: Craft Emergency, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth.
September-November: Open Spaces, Mottisfont Abbey, Hampshire.
September-November; Fresh, British Ceramics Biennial, Stoke-on-Trent
March-May; Rising Stars, New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham.
March; Open Studios, The Art Students League of New York, New York.
March; Group Show, Elizabeth V. Sullivan Gallery, New York.
February; Open Studios, The Art Students League of New York, New York.
January; Open Studios, The Art Students League of New York, New York.
December, 2012-Jan 2013; Project Network, Apple House Gallery, Guldagergaard International Ceramics Research Centre, Denmark
October – Jan 2013: Look West, Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown.
July-September; Santorini Biennale of Arts, Santorini.
August-September: Portal, Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre, Torfaen.
October: Things for Bins, Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada (Solo Show).
August: The Nakedness of Construction, Menier Gallery, London (Curator and exhibitor).
August: In.Site, Birmingham Cathedral, Birmingham.
July: New Designers, Islington, London.
June: Up and Beyond: University of Brighton Degree Show, Brighton.
April: The Sketchbook Project, Brooklyn Art Library, Brooklyn.
February: Create Brighton, Urban Outfitters, Brighton.
February: House, Brighton (Curator).
December: Open House, Brighton (Curator and exhibitor).
December: Silver 2011, UoB, Brighton.
October: Utopia Installation, White Night Festival, Brighton (Organiser).
September: Object. Elevation, Kreuzberg, Berlin.
September: The Secret Members Show, Factory Road Gallery, Hinckley.
June: Make. Do. Circus Street Studios, Brighton.
May: Formed, Menier Gallery, London (Curator and exhibitor).
June: New Designers, Islington Design Centre, London.
July: Islington Arts Fair, Candid Arts Gallery, London.
2013-2014: Giggleswick School, Yorkshire. One year.
2013: The Art Students League of New York, New York. Three months.
2012: Guldagergaard International Ceramics . Research Centre, Project Network Symposium, Denmark. Two months.
The Banff Centre of the Arts, Canada. Two months.
Competitions and Awards:
2012: Ruth Katzman Scholarship.
Create Brighton, Semi-finalist.
2011: University Of Brighton Scholarship for Academic Achievement.
Academic Appointment and Employment History:
September 2013-July 2014: Giggleswick School, Yorkshire.
Ceramics Artist-in-Residence and Ceramics Teacher: Personal studio practice and the planning and delivery of ceramics to secondary school students; general technician duties.
Jan 2013 – March 2013: Art Students League of New York, New York.
Technician: Duties included the running of the ceramics programme; workshop, studio, grounds and living area maintenance; set up and collapse of exhibitions; preparation for Open Studios events.
Sept 2005 – July 2009: Cambridge Regional College, Cambridge.
Lecturer of the Arts: Planning and delivery of courses at levels one- three. Subjects include fashion and textiles, printmaking, ceramics, life drawing and visual communication. Role as group and personal tutor. Additional responsibilities include organising live assignments, assignment writing, assessment, and liaising with parents. Achieving lesson observation grades one and two.
Ceramics- Plaster mould making, slip-casting, throwing and turning, hand building, glaze technology, surface decoration (printmaking; sprigs and stamps; decals; engobes, oxides and slip techniques), and kiln firing.
Metal- Light and heavy metal: silversmithing, enamelling, acid-etching, forging, experience of welding and oxy- acetylene.
Plastics- Wet and dry plastics: acrylic and resin, vacuum forming, heat manipulation, fiberglass armature construction, image transfer, and silicone mould making.
Wood- General hand tool and machine construction, with experience on the lathe.
Textiles and Printmaking- Screen, litho and mono printing, felt-making, batik, surface design, fashion illustration, block pattern and garment construction.
Computer Literacy- Windows, Word, Excel, Power Point, Adobe Creative Cloud.