Nancy Allen’s work hovers somewhere between the oversized bright colours and foam shapes of a children’s soft play area and the sort of bewildering domestic DIY practiced by people without woodworking skills, making extensive use of wood-effect sticky back plastic. Her sculptural works seem to rejoice in these ersatz materials, wood grain and marble is printed onto plastic or lycra, and yet there is no doubt about the material you are looking at. When wood is used, it is reconstituted as chipboard, we know the fur is fake because it is garish fluorescent colours.
The drawings belie the quick, make-do impression of the sculptures, showing careful planning and a clear understanding of the properties and limitations of her chosen materials. She draws in the joins and the folds and the places where the material will crumple or lose its shape.
Nancy graduated from Wimbledon Collage of Art in 2014. You can see more of her work at www.nancy-allen.co.uk
You can view the exhibition here, at www.londonartsbaord.blogspot.co.uk or on Facebook
Or in person on the corner of Vestry Road and Peckham Road.