Ghost towns, defunct phosphate mines, and remote hunting camps within cultivated pine forests of North Central Florida changed my worldview. Such immersion into an ecologically diverse and irrevocably damaged environment is crucial in my development as an artist.
I use materials such as dirt, clay, charcoal, ash, and found objects because they are materials which embody difficult relationships with the earth and humanity. I present paintings, sculpture, video, and installations which are focused on non-agricultural human contact with the land, and endeavor to portray a panorama of human occupancy.
Allen was born in 1993 in Orange Park, Florida. Following two simultaneous degrees from Florida School of the Arts and Saint Johns River State College, he then attended the University of North Florida where he double majored in Fine Art and Art History. He subsequently earned his Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in 2017 from the University of North Florida, and is now seeking his MFA at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn NY. Allen has studied abroad in Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, and studied artwork in museums throughout Europe.