In Conversation: Part III: Ambrosine Allen and Andreas Senoner
In Conversation is a series of group exhibitions taking place throughout 2021, curated to draw parallels between practices both visually and conceptually.
Sharing skill and admiration for materiality and traditional craftsmanship, artists Ambrosine Allen and Andreas Senoner are our second pairing in Part II of our In Conversation series. At first fooled by an exquisite attention to detail in finish and display, it is with great awe that we as viewers find these artworks to be made by hand, in paper collage and wood carving respectively. Taking these techniques to their extreme aesthetic potential for sublime detail, the artists both breathe contemporary concerns into old-world crafts and media. While Allen focuses on the urgency to face Earth’s apocalyptic potential, through devastating and captivating scenes of turbulent sea, land and skyscapes, Senoner turns a quieter and more inward look to the body as beholder of potential in nurturing a respect for our environment, incorporating natural elements into eerily lifelike bodies and body parts carved from wood. There is a subtlety and stillness to these artists’ work that requires space and time, and this is as sincere a message, and integral to, their thematic content.
Allen completed a BA in Fine Art: Drawing at Lancaster University and MA at Wimbledon College of Art, graduating in 2005. She is now living and working in South London.
Senoner attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence and the Facultad de Bellas Artes San Carlos in Valencia, Spain. In 2006 he was granted a scholarship for Minneapolis College of Art and Design (Minneapolis, USA) where he attended sculpture classes from artist Kinji Akagawa, with whom he deepened his wood carving technique.