Using discarded encyclopaedias, London based artist Ambrosine Allen constructs meticulously collaged landscapes of wondrous depth and intrigue in her solo exhibition, What Remains. Inspired by the detailed aesthetic of geographic engravings from the 17th and 18th Centuries, her visions depict cataclysm and chaos, romance and foreboding, beautiful turmoil and terrible wonder. Deluge and inferno ravage the landscape and great maelstroms churn in the skies. Such scenes are chosen to suggest the deep uncertainties and rapid, often violent change the world faces today, both environmentally and socio-politically. So too Allen addresses her own personal struggles with moving from the comfort of her childhood home in rural Suffolk to build a life in urban London.
Whilst the detail of her creative process holds the viewer in silent stillness, the imagery she selects does quite the opposite, sweeping us from our feet in thrilled uncertainty. We as individuals can often feel at the mercy of the awesome power of the world, both natural and man-made. Ambrosine Allen’s work identifies and empathises with those feelings flawlessly and in doing so offers us the warmth and reassurance of knowing that we are not alone.
What Remains is on at bo.lee gallery, 222 Rye Lane, Peckham, SE15 4NL from October 12th – November 3rd. Times: Wednesday – Friday 11am – 6pm; Saturday 11am – 5pm. Admission: Free. Phone: 020 3302 6440.