The cultivated pine forests of North Central Florida, along with it’s ghost towns, phosphate mines, and remote hunting camps 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, and ash because they are materials which are easy to obtain, humble, and embody difficult relationships with the earth and humanity. I present work that is focused on non-agricultural human contact with the land, and endeavor to portray a panorama of human occupancy.
I have an endless attraction to primordial earth and human habitation. My interests lie in traces of humankind's past and contemporary interaction with the environment in addition to geography, botany, and ecology.
Allen simultaneously attended Florida School of the Arts and Saint Johns River State College for two years where he received his Associate of Arts and an Associate of Science. He then attended the University of North Florida, where he double majored in Fine Art and Art History. He subsequently earned his Bachelors in Fine Arts in 2017 from the University of North Florida. Allen is now seeking his MFA at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn NY.