Carol Alleman Biography

Carol Alleman Biography

 

 

 

In late 2000, after leaving her teaching career in art, Carol Alleman expanded her artistic visions in clay to include lost wax casting in bronze. Embracing the alchemistic nature of this ageless material and highly crafted process, she created her first bronze vessel, Miracles. Thus began the mystical and organic Tree of Life and Nature Vessel Series. This transition mirrored, to her, the longevity and ever changing character of nature as the bronze material holds inherent longevity and the patinas are ever, if softly, changing from season to season (not unlike nature and humans). Her signature, museum-quality work encompasses highly evolved, intricate patinas and vast cut-out areas providing dramatic displays of light - within the ancient, feminine vessel form. The infinity of the circular form, while open to receive and pour forth is a powerful essence for her.  Companion Writings accompany each bronze - sharing the inspiration of each piece as she received it while typically including a poem.  She hopes and expects each piece to continue to speak to its caretaker, with a Voice changing within each new season of their life. Combining the written word with her growing forest of bronze vessels, Carol additionally inspires audiences through her presentations and poetry readings. 

Born in rural Pennsylvania, Carol Alleman obtained her degree in Art Education from the Pennsylvania State University (PA/USA) and continued graduate studies at the Lancaster Theological Seminary (PA/USA). Most recently, she has completed studies with various contemporary artists at the Scottsdale Artist School, Scottsdale, Arizona. She is an elected Signature Member of American Women Artists, and a member of the international Artists for Conservation. Her work has been reviewed as a featured artist by Southwest Art, Phoenix Home and Garden and Western Art & Architecture. She has completed numerous commissions, exhibits widely across North America including numerous museums and has earned many awards in juried exhibitions, most recently the 2015 First Place Award at Gilcrease Museum Collector’s Reserve and the Bronze Award in the 2015 Master and Signature American Women Artists Exhibition. She appreciates an international collector base. 

 

Carol Alleman, Transitions II, Cast Bronze Edition of 12, 42" x 25"

Carol Alleman, Transitions II, Cast Bronze Edition of 12, 42" x 25"

 

Creative Process: 

The intertwining dance - of nature, vessel, and the spiritual realms - continues to prevail in my work. Qualities of the ancient vessel form mirror my essence of living and creating. The circular form is powerful in its representation of the never-ending journey of eternity. The feminine vessel energies illuminate a willingness to receive (remaining open), a penchant to nourish (embrace and enrich), and the intention to renew the cycle through sharing (pouring forth and giving birth). The endlessly inspiring vessel qualities, coupled with my deep appreciation for the immense wisdom and beauty of nature, continue to be fertile seeds for the Tree of Life Series. Alluring and beautifully hued wildflowers of the Nature Series expand the body of work with a captivating and distinctively brilliant palette. Organic and mystical, each of the vessels impart an ethereal quality.

 

Carol Alleman, The Seed, Cast Bronze Edition of 137, 6.25" x 7.25"

Carol Alleman, The Seed, Cast Bronze Edition of 137, 6.25" x 7.25"

 

Author Ted Andrews, in Animal-Speak, suggests: "Every flower blossoms with reminders to be creative, and every tree whispers with its rustling leaves the secrets of life." Trees and flowers, nature and all Her elements indeed seem to whisper to me incessantly as I sculpt and write. Their language is mystical and magical, apparent and elusive, evocative and reassuring. Seemingly common elements and threads weave themselves together through my hands and words into amazingly poignant and often cryptic expressions. Frequently, I am amazed when looking at a finished piece, as if to look over my shoulder and say, ‘Who did that?' I feel both humbled and honored knowing I was there, my hand following something much larger than myself. Again and again, I am blessed and inspired by the choir of guiding Voices throughout the process. The voices of the clay are the Voices of my inner guidance, holding a language I believe speaks to me and all of us at once. It is typically only after the vessel is completed that I am able to fully recognize and appreciate its full essence. The vessels evolve into treasures with a sensation of history and antiquity - rich in a tapestry of story and symbolism. Forms, creatures and numeric elements take on a sometimes cloaked or sometimes visible presence in my work, while continually weaving a mystical, symbolic thread.

 

Carol Alleman, Gingko: Seed of Hope, Cast Bronze Editionof 33, 18.75" x 4.75"

Carol Alleman, Gingko: Seed of Hope, Cast Bronze Editionof 33, 18.75" x 4.75"

 

Although I obtained a formal education, as an artist, I consider myself largely self-taught. Each piece has its own process of evolving and I find myself learning, growing, and evolving in large and small ways along with each one.

Typically the smaller vessels are created as I hand-build a form in water-based clay, using slab and coiling techniques. I then refine the surfaces using a repertoire of tools often including a rice paddle, metal ribs and various stones. Always, I smooth and massage the interior with a slice of coconut shell, now worn to an intimately, silken surface. It is during this process of turning, scraping, and smoothing that I sit attentively listening to the vessel for guidance on its intentions - its voice. If I begin with an idea, I attempt to hold it most loosely, so as not to miss the opportunity to hear a deeper Wisdom. With the surface prepared, and having received a sense of the forms' intention, I begin sketching on the surface with a small needle tool. With sketching complete, I use a subtractive sculpting method: removing all the clay that will not contribute to the finished form. Concentrated attention is given to the balance and rhythm of light as it will flow through the vessel openings - the light, and its reflections, being a powerful Presence within each vessel. A final refining of the surface and cutout areas follows before allowing the piece to slowly dry before it is fired in a kiln or molded. Certain vessels, including all larger vessels, are created in an oil based clay and/or wax. While these most often require armature, the process is quite similar with three major exceptions: the clay is never fired, the negative spaces created by the cut-outs must be visualized rather than actually "cut through" and a combination of additive and subtractive sculpting techniques are used.

 

Carol Alleman, Sacred Marriage, Cast Bronze Edition of 42, 2" x 9.5"

Carol Alleman, Sacred Marriage, Cast Bronze Edition of 42, 2" x 9.5"

 

With the original vessel complete, the second lengthy process of lost-wax casting begins. The intricate cutouts and open interior surface demand a highly labor-intensive casting process. Each cutout area must be re-cut in each individual wax form, and then cleaned to a smooth and even surface. Unlike sculpture with an exterior surface alone, the open vessel form requires delicate attention to the surfaces on the interior, exterior and (because of the cut-out areas) often hundreds of spaces in between. Many, many talented hands (those whom I refer to as the wonderful "ghost artists") work with the pieces as they move through the precise stages at the foundry, insuring the highest level of craftsmanship in each step of the process. Unable to be physically present for each unique piece in each stage of the precise process, I work closely with these artisans, providing the necessary guidance to fulfill my visual and quality standards for each piece. A foundry proof (FP) is created, as the model/prototype, to assist the various artisans. Careful and repeated inspections are performed throughout the process prior to each piece receiving final approvals.

 

Carol Alleman, Mighty Oak, Cast Bronze Edition of 120, 4" x 4.5"

Carol Alleman, Mighty Oak, Cast Bronze Edition of 120, 4" x 4.5"

 

I remain immensely involved in the intricate patina and finishing processes. The final cast works receive a patina (chemicals most often applied hot, which oxidize the copper in the bronze and create color). These chemicals, in my work, are carefully applied in many layers to the cast bronze, helping to create my signature look of a multi-palette, organic (and often arboreal) patina with an old world luster and alluring detail. Though there are truly only three main water soluble chemicals in the art of patination, hundreds of variations are possible through application techniques, temperature, surface preparation, use of dyes, pigments and finishing choices. Maintaining even heating conditions with the often hundreds of cut-outs (in sharp contrast to the solid base) is a unique challenge. Dyes and/or pigments, at times, are added to enhance the tonal values without compromising the stability of the patina. Each piece is well sealed and protected with a lacquer and/or wax finish. My steadfast goal is museum quality work that is both evocative and inspiring. My commitment to achieving that goal is rewarded by the growing laudatory response of my collectors. I believe the work speaks with a deeply authentic voice: its initial capture is through the alluring visual qualities while simultaneously igniting a much deeper, soulful resonance. I feel both blessed and honored to share my creative visions while humbled by the gracious support and encouragement I continue to receive.

 

Carol Alleman, Trillium, Cast Bronze Editionof 111, 6" x 5.5"

Carol Alleman, Trillium, Cast Bronze Editionof 111, 6" x 5.5"

 

Companion writing accompanies most of my work. Once I have named the essence of the vessels' intention, I engage in lengthy research regarding the elements and images to be included. The writing unfolds gradually throughout the process. This prose is offered as a seed to ignite one's own contemplation while sharing the symbolic interpretation regarding the significance of the piece, to me, as it was born. It is my hope that the work will speak in many languages, changing from season to season in one's own life journey. I believe my writings to be messengers reaching far beyond the seed I receive while creating them.

 

Carol Alleman, Finding Courage, Cast Bronze Editionof 12, In Silver patina and Bronze patina, 11.5" x 8.5"

Carol Alleman, Finding Courage, Cast Bronze Editionof 12, In Silver patina and Bronze patina, 11.5" x 8.5"

 

Each piece is authored with a mark resembling a very broad, cursive "Z", found beside my signature. This mark is an expression of the Spirit (Wind) always moving within and around us. It is my way of remembering and acknowledging I never create alone - perhaps more accurately, my mark of gratitude.

 

Artist Statement:

The ancient, organic vessel form has become my signature canvas. I welcome other forms, dimensions and presentations as they arise in their season and enrich my ground of creative exploration. Intricately developed, multi-colored patinas continue to both challenge and entice me as I explore and expand the limits of traditional patina in my major body of bronze sculpture.

Forms, creatures and numeric elements take on a sometimes cloaked and sometimes visible presence in my work weaving a mystical, symbolic thread. I am continuously inspired by the incessant, mystical voice of nature and the human spirit in all its colors. Coupled with the profoundly feminine qualities of the vessel form, nature enkindles me to give voice to the darker corners of the heart while igniting a glowing ray of hope and solidarity. Unceasingly, I hope to be an ever growing gardener of the soul through my intertwining visual and written expressions.

 

Education: 

  • Born in rural Pennsylvania, Carol Alleman obtained her degree in Art Education from the Pennsylvania State University (PA/USA) and continued graduate studies at the Lancaster Theological Seminary (PA/USA). Most recently, she has completed studies with various contemporary artists at the Scottsdale Artist School, Scottsdale, Arizona.

 

Exhibitions: 

  • 2017 "25th Anniversary Celebration" Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery, Tucson, AZ
  • 2016 Reconsidered Landscape, Perry & Carlson, Mount Vernon, WA
  • 2016 5x5x5 Competition, River Oaks Square Arts Center, Alexandria, LA
  • 2016 Studio Channel Islands, Abundance, Camarillo, CA
  • 2016 Bank of the Arts Juried Exhibition, New Bern, NC
  • 2016 National Parks-Personal Narratives, Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson WI
  • 2016 Artists for Conservation, Traveling Juried Exhibition, Vancouver, CN
  • 2016 American Women Artists Signature and Member Juried Exhibition, Bennington, VT
  • 2016 Appalachian Nature Art, Cumberland, MD
  • 2016 Tree of Life, Cosa Mesa, CA
  • 2016 Five x Five x Five, Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL
  • 2016 Liturgical and Sacred Art Juried Exhibition, Springfield, IL
  • 2016 29th Annual Women’s Works Juried Exhibition; Woodstock IL
  • 2016 Above and Beyond – By Design Juried Exhibition; Overland Park, KS
  • 2015/2016 Tempe Center for the Arts, Green and Gray Exhibition, 13 Alleman works, Tempe, AZ
  • 2015 Green and Gray Exhibition, Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe, AZ
  • 2015 Mountain Oyster Club, Annual Juried Show, Tucson, AZ
  • 2015 Artists fo Conservation, Annual Juried Exhibition Vancouver BC, Canada
  • 2015 Gilcrease Museum Collectors' Reserve Exhibition
  • 2015 Blanche Ames National Juried Art Exhibition, Easton, MA
  • 2015 Empire 100 Western Art Show, Tucson Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ
  • 2015 Women's Works, 28th Annual Juried Exhibition, Woodstock, IL
  • 2014 Mountain Oyster Club, Annual Juried Show, Tucson, AZ
  • 2014 American Women Artists Signature and Master Signature Exhibit, Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, GA
  • 2014 Balance, Herberger Theatre Center, Phoenix, AZ
  • 2014 Juried Legacy Art Exhibit, Governor Ames Esagte, South Easton MA
  • 2014 Four Points Bi-Annual Exhibit, Alief, TX
  • 2014 Art Kudos Inernational 10th Annual Exhibit, Virtual
  • 2014 Blanche Ames National Juried Art Exhibition, Easton, MA
  • 2014 LCAA National Juried Exhibition, Lancaster County Art Association, Strasburg, PA
  • 2014 American Women Artists 17th Annual Member Show, Orleans, MA
  • 2014 Chicago International Art, Antique and Jewelry Show, Chicago, IL
  • 2014 Art on the Llano Estacado Art Exhibition, Museum of Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX
  • 2014 Cornell Museum National Juried Exhibition, Delray Beach, Florida
  • 2013 Four Points Contemporary, 2nd Bi-Annual, Online TX
  • 2013 Balance, Herberger Theatre Center, Phoenix, AZ
  • 2013 Topeka Competition 31, Topeka, KS
  • 2013 American Women Artists 16th Annual Members Show, Fredericksburg, TX
  • 2013 Art Kudos National Juried Art Competition and Exhibition
  • 2013 Blanche Ames National Juried Art Exhibition, Easton, MA
  • 2103 Artists for Conservation Annual Juried Exhibit
  • 2013 American Women Artists Juried Online Exhibition
  • 2013 33rd Annual Egyptian Event, Pyramid Society, Lexington, KY
  • 2013 Manhattan Arts International, Celebrate the Healing Power of Art
  • 2013 22nd International Miniature Art Show, Nags Head, NC
  • 2013 The Art League of Hilton Head's 2013 Biennale Juried Exhibition, Hilton Head Island, SC
  • 2013 Winter Expo 2013, Online
  • 2013 12x12 Exhibit, Middle Tennessee State University Todd Art Gallery, Murfreesboro, TN
  • 2012 NOW WOW Project II, National Juried Exhibition, Toledo, OH
  • 2012 Women's Works Exhibit, Woodstock, IL
  • 2012 Artists for Conservation Exhibit, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • 2012 American Women Artists Show, Tubac, AZ
  • 2012 Art Kudos National Juried Art Competition and Exhibition
  • 2012 Blanche Ames National Juried Art Exhibition, Easton, MA
  • 2012 American Women Artists Master Signature Exhibit and Juried Competition, Tubac, AZ
  • 2012 Artists for Conservation Annual Juried Exhibit, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • 2012 Women's Works 25th Annual International Exhibition of Women's Art, Woodstock, IL
  • 2012 21st International Miniature Art Show, Outer Banks, NC
  • 2012 25th Anniversary Spring Gala, National  Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC
  • 2011 Stickley Museum Truk Show, Morris Plains, NJ
  • 2011 20th Annual International Miniature Show, Nags Head, NC
  • 2011 Sacred Messages, Herberger Theater Center, Phoenix, AZ
  • 2011 Annual Spring Gala, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC
  • 2011 20th Annual International Miniature Show, Nags Head, NC
  • 2010 Art for Heart, Appalachian Service Project Fundraiser, Grandview United Methodist Church, Lancaster PA
  • 2011 Art Kudos National Juried Art Competition and Exhibition
  • 2010 Art for Heart, Appalachian Service Project Fundraiser, Lancaster PA
  • 2010 Feast for the Beasts!, Tucson Zoological Society, Tucson AZ
  • 2010 Jerome Beillard Festival for Life, Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF), Tucson AZ
  • 2010 Carol Alleman and Maurice Sevigny, Two-Person Exhibition, Northern Trust, Tucson AZ
  • 2009 Art for Heart, Appalachian Service Project Fundraiser, Lancaster, PA
  • 2009 6th Annual Flavors of Tucson, Desert Southwest American Liver Foundation, Tucson AZ
  • 2009 Gravity Exhibit, Herberger Theater Center, Scottsdale, AZ
  • 2009 Singularity Exhibit, Herberger Theater Center, Scottsdale, AZ
  • 2009 18th International Miniature Show, Nags Head, NC
  • 2008 Art for Heart, Appalachian Service Project Fundraiser, Lancaster PA
  • 2008 Jerome Beillard Festival for Life, Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF), Tucson, AZ
  • 2008 Tucson Children's Museum (TCM) Family Fun Brunch Silent Auction, Tucson, AZ
  • 2008 Ongoing Exhibition, Arizona Cancer Center Clinic, University Medical Center, Tucson AZ
  • 2008 Sculpture Walk 2008, Sioux Falls, SD
  • 2008 Garden of the Soul Group Exhibit, Herberger Theater Center, Scottsdale, AZ
  • 2007 American Women Artists 2007 National Juried Competition, Scottsdale, AZ
  • 2007 Invited Artist, Sculpture in the Park 2007, Loveland High Plains Art Council, Loveland CO
  • 2007 Idea House, Phoenix Home and Garden 2007 Idea House, Talking Rock, AZ
  • 2007 16th International Miniature Show, Nags Head, NC
  • 2006 10th Annual Sacred Art Exhibit, Pittsburgh, PA
  • 2006 Invited Artist, Sculpture in the Park 2006, Loveland, CO
  • 2006 15th International Miniature Show, Nags Head, NC
  • 2005 Invited Artist, Sculpture in the Park 2005, Loveland, CO
  • 2005 Greater Midwest International Exhibit XX, CMSU, MO
  • 2004 Invited Artist, Sculpture in the Park 2004, Loveland, CO
  • 2004 "Director's Choice" Artspace, Coral Gables, Florida
  • 2004 Group Show, New Masters, Carmel, CA
  • 2003, '04 Loveland High Plains Art Council, Sculpture in the Park, Loveland, CO
  • 2003 Contemporary Works of Faith, (Liturgical Art Guild) Columbus, OH
  • 2003 Invited Artist, Sculpture in the Park 2003, Loveland, CO
  • 2002 American Women Artists, Santa Fe, NM
  • 2002 St. John's International School, Brussels, Belgium

 

Commissions: 

  • 2011 Private Commission, Celestial Joy
  • 2010 Private Commission, Voice of Wisdom
  • 2007 Private Commission, Ginkgo: Seed of Hope (pair)
  • 2004 Montage Resort & Spa Laguna Beach, Laguna Beach, CA, Infinity (pair)
  • 2003 Laguna Beach, CA, Transitions II

 

Awards and Publications:

  • 2016 Groover Studio Award,  5x5x5 Jacksonville University Museum, Jacksonville, AL Mighty Oak
  • 2016 Nature Inspired, Spring 2016 Edition, Nature Inspired Anthologies
  • 2015 Gilcrease Art Museum, Collectors Reserve, Williams First Place for Sculpture, Twilight Stars
  • 2015 Honorable Mention, Four Points Contemporary Bi-Annual Competition, Ginkgo: Seed of Hope
  • 2015 Nature Inspired Anthologies, Book
  • 2014 Western Art & Architecture; feature article
  • 2014 American Women Artists Bronze Award, Signature and Signature Masters Show for Seeds of Harmony
  • 2014 Honorable Mention, Four Points Bi-Annual Contemporary Exhibit, Seeds of Harmony
  • 2014 Honorable Mention, Legacy Juried Exhibit Mighty Oak
  • 2014 Merit Awards at the Four Points Bi-Annual Exhibit for both Celestial Joy and Illusion of Complexity
  • 2013 Award of Merit, American Women Artist, 16th Annual Members Show and National Juried Competition, Remembering Gratitude
  • 2013 Award of Excellence, Manhattan Arts International, Celebrate the Healing Power of At, Womb of Life
  • 2013 First Place in 3D, Art League of Hilton Head's 2013 Biennale Juried Exhibition, Seeds of Harmony
  • 2013 Arabella, Canadian Art, Architecture and Design Magazine, Fabulous Finds Summer Issue
  • 2012 Best Sculpture Done in a Realistic and Academic Manner, American Women Artists National Juried Exhibit, Tubac, AZ, In Vino Veritas I
  • 2012 Artist for Conservation 2012 Hardcover Book, International Exhibit of Nature in Art, Twiight Stars
  • 2012 Merit Award, NOW WOW Project II, National Juried Exhibition, Toledo, OH, Remembering Gratitude
  • 2012 First Place Award, International Miniature Art Show, Nags Head, NC, Trillium
  • 2012 Gallery Choice Award, Women's Works Exhibit, Woodstock, IL, Remembering Gratitude
  • 2011 Featured Artist, Luxe Design + Interiors Magazine, Fall 2011 Issue
  • 2011 Arabella, Canadian Art, Architecture and Design Magazine, Autumn Issue Fabulous Finds
  • 2007 A Montage of Masterworks
  • 2007 Phoenix Home and Garden, IDEA House Publication
  • 2006 Southwest Art, December issue, Vases and Vessels and Start Your Collection
  • 2006 Phoenix Home & Garden Magazine, November Issue, Guest Artist Feature Article
  • 2006 Celebrating Thirty Years
  • 2005 Southwest Art, Artists to Watch
  • 2005 Industry Award, Sculptural Pursuit Annual Competition
  • 2005 Art Calendar - Cover
  • 2005 Ministry & Liturgy Magazine -  BENE Award Feature Article
  • 2004 BENE Award, Ministry & Liturgy Annual Visual Arts Award, San Jose, CA

 

Lectures and Readings:

  • 2009 Private Collection Viewing and Intimate Talk, McLean VA
  • 2009 Lecture and Exhibition, Bottoms Art Galleries presents Bella Arta Events, Santa Barbara, CA
  • 2007 Artist Talk and Prose Reading, Jackson Hole, WY