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AMBROSINE ALLEN

12 January 2012 - 10 March 2012

Vast imaginary worlds built in collage from tiny paper cuttings

Encountering Ambrosineís work you are first met with an epic vision. Upon closer inspection the medium reveals itself, and the illusionary world created entirely from the artistís imagination is made all the more astounding. Taking pages from discarded encyclopedias and cutting them into tiny pieces, the collage is meticulously realized at the point of making, a process that can take many months to complete.

The series, Compendium to the New World is an on going series of drawings and collages that reference 18th and 19th century engravings of a geographical interest. Informed by topography and the science, myths and history of humanity's interaction with the physical world, the series presents an array of landscapes both imaginary and real; architectural and natural. The images are often troubling in some way: these are landscapes in turmoil, altered ecosystems where ambiguous structures sit in unusual or precarious settings. Bizarre natural phenomena sweep through unfamiliar terrains, uncanny events unfold. It is a world that shadows our own but presents an alternative evolution. It proposes a possible outcome to the self-destructive nature of mankind and pays recognition to the force of nature.

Since completing an MA in Fine Art: Drawing at Wimbledon School of Art 2005, Ambrosine has been a finalist in the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2005/2006; exhibited at the Rennie Mackintosh Gallery, Glasgow

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