Carren's Pitch

Life by Design

Sometimes, the simplest of things are the most difficult to make. Theodora Allen's work is like that. At the surface, it is elegant, spare and simple, but look beneath into her process, and you'll find an amazing amount of patience and skill involved. 

Text by: Carren Jao
Edited by: Sam Rogers
Published: 11 March 2015, Wallpaper*

Thirty-year-old artist Theodora Allen’s work can best be compared to a prism of colour, subtly shifting from one tone to another - an understated rainbow viewed through a glass of water. Rather than scream for attention, Allen’s work - on view until 18 April at L.A.’s Blum & Poe - captivates viewers with its nuance.

'It’s an evolved thinness,' explains Allen, 'I applied oil paint on linen and then removed layers before it dries.' The process removes the actual pigment, yet absorbs the colour into the canvas.

Instead of obliterating all traces of her hand, Allen celebrates it, sidesteps and successes alike. Ghost images appear over the final image like layered veils, playing peek-a-boo with the eye. [read more]


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