FRANCIE ALLEN

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©2017 FRANCIE ALLEN

ARTIST STATEMENT

A Visual Journey

Fluid transparent bodies – visceral and sculptural – cast their shifting shadows in my invented public spaces. These undulating figures are fashioned of wire netting and other lacey materials, a perfect foil for special lighting effects to create environments of shadows. Many years as sculptor, drawer and dancer have led me toward making multi-sensory installations. Here I sculpt, draw and choreograph events that invite further manipulation and creative action by dancers, musicians and college art students – all adding their part to the community experience.


This was my Artist Statement in 2014 when my beloved husband’s troubling symptoms of cognitive decline worsened into Alzheimer’s disease. My art momentum sputtered as I scrambled to redefine myself as primary caregiver with the social, medical, legal, and financial tasks required in assuming total supervision of my soul mate’s life.


Needing more economic security, I undertook on a 1031 exchange in Bellingham, a dilapidated Victorian house with a grocery store and carriage barn. In 2015-16 I renovated the buildings with plans to turn the store and barn into community art center and studios.


During these past two years I have found it vital to spend time daily in the studio. Now with stability in my husband’s situation and caregivers he loves, I can refocus my energy on making art. In fact, the only way I can deal with my grief-anger over losing him bit by bit is to pour myself into my artwork and creative ideas. This seems to compost the difficult feelings into acceptance of what is.


Recently I finished a month’s residency at Mindport, in Bellingham. Visible in the front window of this local art and science gallery, I drew shadows cast by light shining through my circling wire dance figures.