Modern Figurative Sculptor: Joanna Allen

Chronic, photography by Joanna Allen.

Chronic, photography by Joanna Allen.

1. What is your name?
My name is Joanna Allen.

2. Where are you from? Where do you live?
I’m originally from Dorset on the South Coast of England, now living and working just outside South London in a semi-rural old dairy conversion.

Nico, photography by Joanna Allen.

Nico, photography by Joanna Allen.

3. What is your Profession?
I am a Modern Figurative Sculptor.

4. When did you start sculpting?
I began playing with the idea of sculpture about 10 years ago, however I only fully committed to it towards the end of 2017 when I went to Florence, Italy to spend one year studying at the Florence Academy of Art.

Movement & Texture: Emotional Baggage No.3,, photography by Joanna Allen.

Movement & Texture: Emotional Baggage No.3,, photography by Joanna Allen.

5. Is this your full time career?
Yes. I have been full time since returning from Florence.

6. What’s your favorite piece of art? What inspires you to create it?
Currently my favourite piece of my own work is Chronic.  I am inspired by how amazing humans can be and then I am too often mortified at how depraved we are and I’m interested in exploring this constant. Chronic is a commentary on this for he seems strong and in control at first, but morally he is weak, fragile and crumbling.

Chronic, photography by Joanna Allen.

Chronic, photography by Joanna Allen.

Movement & Texture: Emotional Baggage No.3, photography by Joanna Allen.

Movement & Texture: Emotional Baggage No.3, photography by Joanna Allen.

7. Who’s you’re favorite artist?
Hands down it is Lucian Freud. His work is profoundly honest in subject matter and execution. When you see a good Freud original, especially the large pieces, they vibrate with energy. The only sculpture he ever produced, at 15 years old I might add, is genius and it’s called Three Legged Horse.

8. Favorite museum?
The sculpture rooms at The Louvre. The light is champagne coloured and it sparkles with dust. There is no better place to see marble masterworks. There, 10 years ago, Michelangelo’s Slaves stopped me in my tracks and I was mesmerized. That single moment is why I started sculpting.

Strangehold, photography by Joanna Allen.

Strangehold, photography by Joanna Allen.

9. Worst advice you’ve received?
I haven’t received bad advice per se, but I have been a part of too many conversations where artists have become very opinionated about different genres, suggesting their type is the only one worthy of being called art. It is easy to be overly influenced by conversations like these. For me art comes from within and whatever the result, whatever the execution, it is art. 

10. What’s one thing you don’t like about the art scene?
There is nothing I don’t like. It is very diverse, in a similar way to the music industry I guess. It’s up to each individual artist to find their place. If your approach to art seems not to be working, you may not need to change what you are doing, but instead, where you are doing it. Find your people. 

11. What’s next for you?
I hope to hold a solo show mid next year and I may opt for gallery representation if I can entice the right one in!

12. What is your motto in life?
In life it is to forgive other peoples failings with the same generosity I forgive my own and I have plenty! In art it is to block out external influences and be true to myself and my work.

Joanna Allen, photography by Nadya at the Florence Academy.

Joanna Allen, photography by Nadya at the Florence Academy.

13. Website?

www.joannamallen.com

14. Instagram?

www.instagram.com/joanna.m.allen

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Interview by Alison Hernon, Editor-In-Chief, PhotoBook Magazine.