Jane Ingram Allen

Installation view of Sitka Spruce Forest

Project Description

Sitka Spruce Forest

This installation uses materials collected during my residency at Sitka Center from October 16, 2013 to January 10, 2014. I made the paper from Sitka Spruce bark collected on the ground around the trees. The Sitka spruce paper is dark brown and shrinks as it dries giving a 3-dimensional shape. The lighter tan color is like the moss on the trees, and that paper is made from Sitka Sedge leaves growing in the Salmon River Estuary. I used cattail leaves to make the paper for the inner bark of these trees. I pressed a piece of Sitka Spruce bark into the wet pulp to give a bark-like texture. Natural jute twine joins the segments of the handmade paper trees.

Medium and dimensions: Suspended installation in 7 parts; Handmade paper from Sitka Spruce bark, Sitka Sedge leaves and Cattail leaves, natural jute twine. Dimensions variable, each tree about 9-12 inches wide and 14-17 feet tall. All photographs are by Timothy S. Allen.



Jane Ingram Allen creates sculpture installations using handmade paper and other natural materials collected in a particular time and place. She is originally from Alabama and now lives in California. She spent 8 years in Taiwan after receiving a Fulbright grant in 2004 and 2005. She has been an artist in residence in the USA, Philippines, Nepal, Brazil, Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia and Tanzania.