Jane Ingram Allen
Arts in Education Programs - Installation
Art and Papermaking
Installations Available for Exhibition
in Schools, 2002-2003
Over a New Leaf" - is a viewer participatory installation of 2000 handmade
paper leaves each painted red on one side and green on the other. It was
created during my recent artist residency in Japan in celebration of the
new millennium. The fabrication of Turning Over a New Leaf began with
making the paper, then cutting, painting, gluing and stitching to build
the work one leaf at a time. This slow meditative and repetitive process
has allowed me to enjoy the unique beauty of each individual leaf as it
contributes to the larger field. The field of leaves serves as a metaphor
for society and references the value of individuality and cultural diversity
as well as the potential to transform society one person at a time. This
work also explores issues of change, entropy and aging. It is designed
to change over time due to the active participation of viewers who are
asked to literally turn over a leaf in this installation changing it from
red to green. Turning Over a New Leaf is constantly evolving controlled
by the viewer's random choice of which leaf to turn. By making literal
the act of turning over a leaf, the viewer becomes physically engaged
in a ritualistic act, reinforcing the resolution he makes mentally and
records in the Book of 2000 Promises, a handmade book accompanying the
installation. This installation can be installed in a variety of ways
to fit the space available.
the Clouds" - "In the Clouds" consists of as many as 12 cloud forms made
of painted handmade paper and string that are suspended from the ceiling.
The paper ring shapes are painted in sunset colors on one side and silver
on the top. The multi-colored strings hanging from the paper clouds as
rain move when viewers walk through the installation. The idea for "Clouds"
came from thinking about environmental problems such as holes in the ozone
and acid rain. This gentle rain falling from fanciful clouds with "silver
linings" expresses hope for a positive solution to these problems. The
"Clouds" installation will be designed for the site selected at the school.
- "Tubes" consists of 10 tube-like forms made of painted handmade paper
and string suspended from the ceiling and attached to the walls and/or
floor. The disks making up the tubes are painted in a rainbow progression
of colors on one side. The other side of the flat circles is white reflecting
the bright colors. This piece reminds one of giant toy slinkies, vacuum
cleaner hoses and Chinese dragons or the inside of the body with all of
its tubes and passageways. The tubes form a maze-like space that the viewer
can enter and maneuver through. The "Tubes" can be arranged to fit any
Project - Brick Wall" - "Construction Project - Brick Wall" consists of
hundreds of cast handmade paper bricks along with other cast handmade
paper objects such as a wrecking ball, traffic cones, construction signs
and hard hats. Viewers are invited to participate in this installation
and construct their own brick wall on top of the cast paper foundation
outlined on the floor. Viewers can also wear a cast handmade paper hard
hat and knock their wall down with the wrecking ball to begin again. This
piece is concerned with the continuing process of creation and destruction
and creates an ever-changing installation controlled by the viewers. The
"Construction Project" installation is designed to fit whatever space
is selected and consists of floor and ceiling hung elements.
" - "Shadows" consists of up to five life-size suspended abstract figures
with their attached shadows. These constructions are somewhat like large
marionettes and show human figures in a variety of positions from leaping
to working. The figures are constructed with handmade paper and joined
with multi-colored strings. The figures are mainly white with many colorful
lines and splatters on them, and the shadows are basically black also
with colorful lines and splatters of paint. The "Shadows" are arranged
to fill the selected space, and viewers can move among them perhaps trying
to mimic the shapes and positions and create their own shadows.
Watching" - "Bird Watching" consists of multiple abstract forms representing
various species of birds made of painted handmade paper over wire. Each
bird is unique in shape and coloring and has its own personality. There
are standing birds that rest on tables or other flat surfaces and "flying"
birds that hang from the ceiling. An outdoor "Bird Watching" installation
is possible as some of the birds are coated with polyurethane for outdoor
display. The number and type of birds for each "Bird Watching" installation
will be designed for the selected site. The exhibition will include birds
common in your area that bird watchers can identify.
Map Room" - "The Map Room" consists of dozens of painted handmade paper
and string maps based on real cities, states and regions of the US. Maps
represented include historical, geological, and highway maps. The maps
are displayed suspended from the ceiling forming a space to navigate through.
Viewers can see both sides of the maps and even see through the string
net-like parts. The maps can also be displayed folded as sculptural objects.
"The Map Room" installation can be adapted to fit any space. The number
and type of maps will be designed for the site selected and will include
some maps relating to the specific geographic area.
Views" - "Different Views" consists of multiple global maps varying in
size from about 8" in diameter to over 36" in diameter. Each map shows
the world from a different point of view. This installation was inspired
by my travels to Japan, Nepal and other countries where I saw maps of
the world not having the USA in the center as do most of the maps we see
in our country. I manipulated global maps on the computer to turn them
around showing many different locations as the center of the world. These
thin and transparent maps made with Oriental handmade paper are hung suspended
from the ceiling at varying levels so that light shines through the images
and the viewer is surrounded with multiple views of the earth.