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Figures – exhibition views (selection)


“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

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Alius Mundus


Kunsthalle m3, Berlin

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

Fremde Bewohner

2011, Frankfurt/Main

Installations in 3 sites in Frankfurt/Main:

Ground Level, Römer9
painted plinth, wooden tower, rope and wood ladders, Sculpey figures

Wave, Epiphaniaskirche
timber offcuts, Sculpey and wax figures
(pre-existing altar and cross by Wolfgang Winter and Berthold Hörbelt)

Every Man’s Home, Markuskirche
fired and painted clay

The Ideal Man


ArToll, Bedburg-Hau

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

Wax figures, ink drawings

White Tower, Art on Lake


Museum of Fine Art, Budapest

Two bronze figures climb to the top of an 8-metre tower – where to from there?

Photos: Frank Ringwald

Nach oben, ICI BERLIN


La Condition Publique, Lilles/Roubaix

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



Waygood Gallery, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

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

Sculpey figures, rope and wood ladders, cardboard construction

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




Pince Galeria, Budapest

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

Der Esel ist Tot


Heimspiel Gallery, Frankfurt/Main

(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.

Der Esel ist Tot animated film intro

Animation: Heather Allen

The House at Egg Stream


Heimspiel Gallery, Frankfurt/Main

Installation and film about a woman living alone in a house by a wood.

The House at Egg Stream

Ain’t she sweet…?


Zagreus Projekt, Berlin

I made self-portraits from sugar paste and marzipan at Konditorei Josef Fingerlos during a three-month residency in Salzburg, a city known for its sweet delicacies. Sugar played an important role in my life as I was highly allergic to it.
The exhibition represents an artistic questioning of “sweet” 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…

Ain’t she sweet…? performance excerpt

Camera: Simone Zaugg
Edit: Heather Allen