New Book Coming in May

It's finally finished! My new art and poetry chapbook is finished, and is indie-printing as we speak.

I'll be debuting it at The Rainbow Cafe in Auburn on May 1. I'll be a featured reader at Striped Water Poets' monthly series, supported by the Auburn Arts Association and 4Culture. 

The readings start at 7 p.m.. I'll have copies of the book for sale, too, or you can order a copy through the link below.

Excerpt from the title poem:

"...Said: the green gets over everything
like a false rind, a quilt like pale
lichen crept from the edges of rocks,
shoes, discarded paper. it keens
in color. it is excessive. it hides within
its own trending entropy: it’s popular
and all the cool kids have it, like
a new mycelium under the skin..."


"Intelligent Life" at Twilight Gallery

"Intelligent Life: New Work by Laura Allen"

Nov. 10, 2016 - December 4, 2016

Twilight Gallery, West Seattle

Opening Reception: Nov. 10, 6 - 9 p.m.

Exciting news: my work will be featured in November at Twilight Gallery, West Seattle's own "...independent, woman-owned and operated art gallery and jewelry boutique. We cultivate and champion women and LGBTQ independent artists and designers, featuring contemporary art, eclectic designs and one of a kind handmade pieces from around the world." Owner and curator Tracy Cllona has an eye for Seattle's best female artists, and I am honored to be included among them.


For more information: 

"Intelligent Life" on Facebook

"Atypical Topographies" at Clyde Snook

I'm also very pleased to learn that I'll have one of my "Planetary" works in an exhibition, "Atypical Topographies," at the Clyde Snook Gallery at Adams State in Colorado. Curator Eugene Schilling has chosen "artworks that challenge, reinvent, or chart new directions in the concepts related to landscape art."

 The show opens September 26 and ends October 26, 2016.

New Class at Seattle Recreative: Mixed Media in 3D

Starting in January, I'll be leading a new mixed media workshop at Seattle Recreative. 

This funky little Greenwood shop is a hidden treasure trove of (cheap!) second-use art materials: collage papers, assemblage odds and ends, previously unloved art supplies, and more. I'm excited to lead two four-week workshops on basic to intermediate assemblage and three-dimensional collage.

We'll work hands-on with:

  • elements of 3D design
  • theme, mood, and intent/function
  • assemblage techniques
  • textures and finishes
  • and more

Materials will be gleaned from Seattle Recreative's awesome hoard, but you're welcome to bring along some of your own if they're meaningful to you.

Classes will run Wednesdays from 6 to 8, January 6 to 27 and then again from February 3 to 24. Here's a link for more info and registration.

Oh, and Seattle Recreative accepts donations too....


 Just checking in with a few new pieces...

...I draw and I paint and I do various things, but nothing makes me happier than creative accretion....

 "...I've discovered similar elements among works as varied as a sonnet or a series of assemblage sculptures: a love of fantastical, ambiguous narration and shifting frames of reference; a reliance on synchronicitous accident and stream-of-consciousness process; and a delight in repeated layers of time, wit, and image...."

New Work: A Planetary Series

 It should come as no real surprise to those of you who know me: science was my first love. If I had known at the time just how creative a science career could be, I might have channeled all my artistic energy into something like genetic engineering and stuck with my original biology track. As it stood, though, I couldn't stand not making new things. So I kept writing and making art instead.

I don't regret it. Much. But I am still preoccupied with all things biological, geological, astronomical, physical. I've been told that I can consume more science fiction in a month than the entire staff of the NY Review of SF. I read entomological field guides for fun, and when I paint, I paint to Sean Carroll physics lectures; cosmology is all the music I need.

And when a new abstract series starts to take on decided tones of strange, alien geology, I am very happy. As these new pieces emerged, I worked to develop those exoplanetary overtones: the unfamiliar strata, the unusual chemical colors of the sky and sea, the variable texture of the alien atmospheres.

(The piece below, "Blue Planet 3", will be included in Verum Ultimatum's juried exhibition 'Abstract Catalyst' in Portland in September/October 2015.)

Open Studios This Weekend

It's that time again: Open Studios at the Inscape building. 

I, along with dozens of other artists, have spent a frantic two weeks framing and hanging, shooting and matting, cleaning and tossing, and if you make it out on Sunday, don't be surprised to see one or more of us propped in a corner snoring. There's always a lot of prep involved in open studios, but they present a unique opportunity to visit artists on their  own turf. 

Of course, it's slightly spiffier-than-usual turf with an atypical quantity of cheese trays, but you know what I mean. Come on out. 

Art, Art, and More Art

Sorry so long no post! I've been working in mixed media again; it took a while after the Big Move to resupply my stockpile of random things, but now my hoard is fully loaded and I'm mixing media like mad. This new series is making me very happy, oh yes indeed.

Here's a preliminary shot of one 3D piece, "Go Now While You Still Can." It has internal motors that turn various bits, a couple of lighted windows, and it's powered by an Arduino Due.

(Thanks to most awesome Husband for helping with the programming despite my infamous impatience and ridiculous perfectionism.)

I'll get a video soon, too.
 The piece to the right is called "Come On Down." I'll be showing it, as well as "Go Now" and others during Inscape Seattle's Open House on June 14. I'll post more info soon, but here's a Facebook link meantime.

In other news, I've been taking a watercolor class with local favorite Jennifer Carrasco. Watercolor has always intimidated me, I'll admit; it requires a bit more delicacy than I can usually muster. Or at least that's what I far, so good, though. I'm having big fun, thanks to Jennifer and the rest of the gang at C&P Coffee.