fanny allié

My work shows traces of a fleeting moment, an ephemeral existence and most of all, a narrative that links us to each other in our daily life.

In my recent collage work, I tear apart and re-assemble pieces of found fabric, mixed media and newsprint images to create imaginary characters. This collection of small collaged figures are informed by my daily observation of people living on the New York City streets, the news and personal recollections.
A city is made by all the individuals who inhabit it; the ones that we see everyday and the invisible ones who merge with facades and sidewalks and who become the street itself. My practice is based on my own subjective experience of the city through the people I cross paths with, on a daily basis. Found materials is at the core of my practice: found paper, used fabric, strips of plastic or scraps of wall paint, fragments and little objects found on the street are used for the making of my characters which become creations and products of the city itself. My imaginary characters inspired by underground and unseen human figures often carry and develop alternative economies, in an urban context.

In conversation with my solitary studio practice, which is driven by the handmade process, I develop site-specific public art projects. The human figure, with a particular interest in its outline or trace, is at the core of my public work and play with ideas of memory and the mark we leave on places and others. "A Bench For the Night" (2015) which is both a sculpture and a functional bench takes the shape of a sleeping person. The sculpture provides a temporary rest area and hopefully evokes a shift in the viewers’ perception of the homeless. I find a balance in the difference of scale, materials and interaction with the public of these two distinct - however related practices.