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Shayna Allen was born in Colorado Springs, CO in 1997. In 2005, Allen moved to Craig, CO, a rural town on the Western Slope of Colorado. Allen grew up white water rafting, camping, hiking, and fishing. It was growing up primarily in rural Colorado that sparked her love of the outdoors. Allen graduated from Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, Colorado in 2020 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in both K-12 Art Education and Studio Art with an emphasis in sculpture. At Colorado Mesa University she discovered her love of mold making and metal casting. Allen is a formalist abstract sculptor working primarily in cast iron and bronze.
My sculptures are a physical extension of myself. I am working with large scale cast metal pieces that explore how the formal aspects of sculpture interact with one another, as well as experimenting with and breaking the boundaries of traditional metal casting processes. My current body of work is made up of cast iron works that were cast in very large sections: the tree form in three cast iron sections, and the tower form in two. My works are concerned with combining formal aspects to create a sculpture that a viewer wants to look at, not for the content, but for the physicality of it. My work is a representation of my focus on altering traditional processes to cast metal in unique and unconventional ways. I am inspired by the process of mold making more than anything else. For me, it is not really about what is inside of the mold, but the steps in which it takes to get something out of the mold. The way in which I am making molds is
one that I never realized was a possibility; I am now patching a number of large ceramic shell molds together to be cold poured in very large sections within mother molds. Because it is an unconventional method, I have had to do a fair amount of creative problem solving and risk taking, some of the factors that attract me most to process driven sculpture. Process is my passion.
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