Figures – exhibitions


“The narrative, deeply rooted in the psychological,  which light-footedly stages the dramas of the everyday in the sense of Shakespeare’s ‘All the world’s a stage’, is a consistent characteristic in the work of Heather Allen.”
Dr. Alexander Tolnay

exhibition views (selection)

Alius Mundus main room

Alius Mundus, Kunsthalle m3, Berlin, 2012

A life inside, another world. An installation of 4 cardboard ‘rooms’ containing ca. 80 figures, which could only be seen through peep-holes.


Wave wax figure groups

Fremde Bewohner, Frankfurt/Main, 2011

Installations in 3 sites in Frankfurt/Main: Ground Level, Römer9 / Wave, Epiphaniaskirche / Every Man’s Home, Markuskirche.


The Ideal Man installation view

The Ideal Man, ArToll, Bedburg-Hau, 2011

The ideal man – 75 versions made during a two-week residency at Artoll occupy a room, accompanied by more around the walls.


Tower Budapest view from bridge

White Tower, Art on Lake, Musuem of Fine Art, Budapest, 2011

Two bronze figures climb up an 8-metre tower – where to from there?


Nach oben installation

Nach oben, ICI BERLIN, La Condition Publique, Lilles/Roubaix, 2009

A crowd of figures inhabit an entrance room to La Condition Publique, on scaffolding, packing cases, towers, ladders, shelves. Some of them are creeping in under the door.

Curated by Dr. Ralf Hartmann and Dr. Andrea Weber.


Climb installation view

Climb, Waygood, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 2009

Small figures, big room. But there are opportunities to climb.


Cellar sculpey figures installation Budapest

Cellar, Pince Galeria, Budapest, 2007

Plasticine figures emerging from the cellar walls in the depths of  the Pince Galeria.


Der Esel ist Tot temporary home

Der Esel ist Tot, Heimspiel Gallery, Frankfurt/Main, 2006 (with Julia Oschatz)

Installation, performance and 25min animated film about our travels back from Cripple Creek, Colorado with bags of gold carried by Dennis the donkey (sadly bombed to bits in Palestine). The gold didn’t make it back either.


excerpt: Egypt

ain't she sweet poster

Ain’t she sweet, Zagreus Projekt, Berlin, 2003

I made figures out of sugar paste and marzipan during a three-month stay in Salzburg, a city known for its sweet delicacies. Sugar played an important role in my life as I was highly allergic to it. Any small “sin” was immediately punished with physical reactions.
The exhibition represents an artistic questioning of “sweet” and “nice” in relation to the audience’s reactions to the figures. The figures became “collaborators” in the performance during the opening. I entered their world and began a destructive game… If the audience thought I was so sweet, they could eat me…