Molly Allen completed her BFA in 2014 at Sierra Nevada College with an emphasis in ceramics and new genres, she graduated as the Valedictorian of her class. She has exhibited her work nationally, most recently in “Unwedged” at Pottery Northwest and recently accepted into NCECA’s Student Juried Exhibition for the second time, where she previously won a purchase award. Molly has been a resident at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Maine, Mendocino Art Center in California and has studied ceramics in Taiwan and Japan. Currently she is a Post Baccalaureate student at University of Montana.
My sculptural installations combine the relationships of animal and human traits, both physical and psychological. These mixed media sculptures function as vectors for thought to house the depths of the human subconscious, and the act of self-contemplation. I use animals as a metaphor and assign a cognitive presence. I start with clay and create objects through an accumulation of layers; layers of clay, mark making, colors and concept. I find myself drawn to the multiple, creating a number of the same ceramic animals. These ‘herds’ of animals become the launching point for the final installations.