Jane Ingram Allen: “Art, in the Simplest Terms, is What an Artist Does.”

Artist name: Jane Ingram Allen

Featured Work 1: Newnan Eco Quilt

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I am an artist in residence from Aug. 8 to Sept. 1, in Newnan, GA, at Newnan Art Rez. The Newnan eco quilt and “flower bed” will be ready for installation and a dedication ceremony at 6 on Aug. 31 at the site. The Newnan eco-quilt will be installed on the grounds of the old Male Academy near the corner of Temple and College Streets in downtown Newnan. (janeingramallen.wordpress.com)

Jane Ingram Allen is a multi-media environmental artist who creates site-specific works around the globe. She frequently utilizes materials and handmade paper sourced from a local area in the construction of installations that evolve naturally with an ecosystem over time. Allen’s textured works focus on connecting to, exploring and honoring local landscapes and on empowering communities to create meaningful, environmentally conscious artistic expressions. She curates collaborative environmental art initiatives in Taiwan and is a member of WEAD (Women Eco Artist Dialog).

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5 Questions for the Artist:

1. What is art to you?

Art, in the simplest terms, is what an artist does. It can also be defined as the product of an intellectual, emotional, aesthetic experience that imparts an intellectual, emotional, aesthetic experience to the viewer or audience of the artwork. I also like the old quote we had in Art Theory class many years ago: ‘The Balinese say we have no art; we do everything as well as possible.’ I began to understand this literally when I was in Bali as an artist in residence in 2009 and 2016. It seems everyone there does some type of art or craft and no one says they are an artist. Art permeates daily life in traditional Balinese culture.

2. What did you make in the past and why?

I started as a painter and then went into textile arts and then into papermaking art and now am a mixed-media sculptor and installation artist. Now I usually do site-specific eco-art projects that are outdoor public art sculptures and installations that are often participatory and collaborative and ephemeral and changing over time.

3. What are you making now and why?

See above, and I do not usually make studio or gallery work now, since I do not have storage space and studio space and do not want to make more art objects that could end up polluting the environment or in the land fill and only make artworks that have a place and a life and go back into the earth without harming the environment.

4. What are your hopes for the future?

I hope to go to other places around the world and be exposed to different cultures, places and ideas. I want to also continue curating and promoting eco-art around the world.

5. What else would you like to say?

Thank you for doing this and I think that is enough.

Artist Supplied Background:

Jane Ingram Allen, originally from Alabama and now living in California, is an international eco-artist using sustainable materials and collaborative processes to create sculptures and installations that raise public awareness about environmental issues. Jane lived and worked in Taiwan from 2004-2012, as a Fulbright Scholar in 2004 and 2005 and after that as an independent artist to do her hand papermaking art projects with Taiwan’s natural materials. Jane is a former university art professor and experienced curator and arts writer as well as a professional artist. She has received awards for artist in residencies in the USA, Philippines, Japan, Nepal, Brazil, China, Tanzania, Taiwan, Turkey and Indonesia. In 2013, Jane completed artist in residency projects at Gallery Route One, Point Reyes Station, CA, and at Sitka Center for Art & Ecology, Otis, Oregon. In 2014, she was an artist in residence at two universities in Taiwan, and in 2015 she was a Fulbright Specialist artist in residence in Turkey at Ege University, Izmir. She continues her art projects, experimenting with materials and techniques that contribute to sustainable living and improving the environment. Growing up in the Southern US around seamstresses, quilters, gardeners, and farmers, Jane learned to love nature, nurturing, and growing and making things “from scratch” as well as “making something from nothing”. Her art reconstructs those experiences and shares those connections.

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