Becky Allen’s ritualistic practice explores drawing as a form of meditative catharsis, in which her rhythmical abstract works channel the movement and energy of repetitive mark-making, creating images that seem to grow organically.
With incessant marking of a single line or motif over time, Allen’s process mimics the labour of domestic textile production whilst creating a visual record of passage through time. The recurrent and contemplative techniques of weaving are echoed in the ruminant act of drawing, aiming to mirror the transformation of thread to fabric and the manifestation of patterns in nature.
Allen’s predominantly large-scale works express the patience and physicality required to create meticulously detailed drawings. With closer engagement from the viewer, they transcend their abstract forms when the evolutive nature of each line or mark can be observed.
Becky graduated Camberwell College of Arts (2011) and completed her Masters in Visual Communication at the RCA (2013). She has participated in several art residencies, among them Girls Only, Mumbai (2016) and the The Beekeepers, Portugal (2015). Her work has been shown in numerous group exhibitions including: The Humble Black Line, Frameless Gallery, London (2018), Drawing Now, Carreau du Temple, Paris (2017), Modern Penelope House, Gallery 46 (2017). Her work is currently on show as part of the Jerwood Drawing Prize for which she was shortlisted in 2017, SIdney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury. She has recently been selected for the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize 2018 shortlist.