ODETTE ALLEN - March 2019

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Bio: Odette Allen’s artistic practice brings together three divergent disciplines: art, archives, and activism. She received her bachelor’s degree in art in 2007, and earned a masters degree in history and archival management in 2014. She has been a social and environmental activist since 2000 and this drives the focus of much of her work. Her key interests are addressing environmentalism and the intersectional issues of racism and sexism. Her emerging art practice is focused on painting; and she is developing a portfolio of mural work. In addition she lectures about archives, art, activism, and history as the archivist at Tacoma Community College.

Artist Statement: My work is abstract in nature, using color to create emotion and drama, while the titles of my work serve to focus the emotion and message. I use my background in archival documentation and social activism to fuel artwork about the issues I find most pressing. The ultimate goal of my work is to enable people to broaden their emotional perspective, allowing them to understand or empathize with perspectives they could not previously understand. Past work has explored how people who carry the burden of discrimination respond to that experience, based on history and location. I am currently developing a series of abstract paintings about sexism and exploitation of women. These works reflect my fear, frustration and rage at the limitations and damage to which women are chronically subjected. The work is an invitation for those who do not feel this way to find parallels within their own lives, moments that enable them to relate and build empathy for an experience they have not yet lived.

Odette’s insta: https://www.instagram.com/artistodette

Odette’s website: https://www.odetteallen.com/

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