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Artist Statement (see her website)
Jules AllenOriginally from London, my early education was predominantly focused on art and science both of which held a profound interest for me. I was formally trained as a draughtswomen updating ordnance survey maps for British Telecom and London Fire Brigade during which time I exhibited and undertook private commissions. In the early 1990’s due to health problems, I decided to pursue my ambition of becoming a full time artist. I have since achieved a First class honours degree in Printmaking and a Masters degree in Fine Art at Norwich School of Art and Design. I now live and work from my studio in North Norfolk.

Working on the surface of maps was a process that required a methodical and meticulous approach that evoked a fascination with scale and detail that inevitably extended into my art practice. Inspired by the structures and systems of science, I explore the capabilities of the unconscious mind and the myriad forms of the microscopic to accentuate the presence of unseen entities, alluding to life in its most primordial form.

My working process is experimental, crossing boundaries between fine art disciplines. I combine traditional printmaking techniques such as etching, aquatint and drypoint with mixed media collage, found objects and thread to create ambiguous textural surfaces, resulting in an eclectic mix of two and three dimensional print and assemblage.

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