My sculpture is influenced by various topics I have studied in Psychology. Each piece captures items influenced by Psychological ideology that can be read as an open narrative through the use of segmented body parts. This idea originally began as an expression of emotion through the sculpture (e.g. anger or anxiety). Other pieces in this series can be interpreted as an open narrative that can change based on the viewers interpretation. I explore the idea of the segmented body in motion or as an action frozen in time. They are painted and titled to guide the viewer's perception in a Psychological direction.
Each piece is made from Earthenware or stoneware clay bodies. I explore mixed-media through painting, surface texture, and various glazes. After firing, I surfaced each piece with underglaze or acrylics. I also used acrylics in muted skin tones to provide depth to the figure, so that it does not take away from the interaction and focal of each piece. I paint each piece according to the ideology it portrays. For example, the torso has a focal point of feminine color scheme on the pool float to portray the contrast between the masculine, toned torso and the feminine pool float. This design choice will portray the concept of toxic masculinity. Each decision I made was strategically done to reinforce the psychological narrative.
Allie Buchanan was born and raised in Newnan, Ga, and currently reside in LaGrange, Ga while she attends the undergraduate program at LaGrange College. Allie is a sculptor who primarily works with body parts and narrative sculpture. Her work is influenced by various concepts of Psychology. In her series, Psychology Personified, each work in this series can be interpreted as an open narrative that can change based on the viewers interpretation. With this series, she applies her minor in Psychology to her work to educate others. She explores the idea of the segmented body in motion or as an action frozen in time. They are painted and titled to guide the viewer's perception in a Psychological direction.