Pam Douglas: Between Seen and Unseen

Pam Douglas: Between Seen and Unseen

Pam Douglas, Which Future Do You See?
Pam Douglas, Which Future Do You See?

Pam Douglas: Between Seen and Unseen

Meet Pam Douglas who uses paint and found objects in a meditation on the human condition. Pam is currently showing in “Bunk” at LAAA/Gallery 825 and in “Back to the Ebell” with Women Painters West at The Ebell of Los Angeles until Feb 5. She has been recently written up in Art and Cake and Huffington Post.

Pam Douglas, Eye of the Storm
Pam Douglas, Eye of the Storm

Artist Statement
Each of my series risks an experimental approach to painting. I explore both the substrate: rice paper, silk, canvas, wood, plastics, mirrors — and the tools: inks, stains, paint, charcoal, wire, string, and even machine parts. Ranging from abstract to figurative, and from painting to assemblage, the works all play with the veil between seen and unseen, questioning what is real while commenting on our current time.

My 2017 series “Sight” interprets human vision using layers of transparencies to create surfaces that reflect viewers back upon themselves in a way that can be challenging. These new works hint at illusions while engaging the inescapable realities of our time.

In 2016, I did a series titled “Rhythms” that intertwines newspaper headlines with EKG rhythms of heartbeats. I asked, “What’s happening in the world that makes the heart clench?” I thought about the fear and hostility in our current political and social landscapes, as well as what makes the heart release. This series extends beyond heartbeats to waves of sound that make similar rhythms, as do phases of nature. From heartbeats to sound waves, our lives are measured in pulses of energy. We sense universal tempos in the timing of our days.

My 2014 series, “The Long Thread,” contrasts silk with the rougher textures of string, twine and rope. Life and death emerged as themes as those pieces evolved beyond paintings into large textile wall hangings.

Other series offer insights into images of women and a spiritual dimension to place and time. Overall I intend my work to move beyond external reference and materials to a philosophical sense that suggests transcendence.

 

Author

Kristine Schomaker is a new media and performance artist, painter and art historian living and working at the Brewery artist complex in Los Angeles. For over 14 years she has been working with various interdisciplinary art forms including online virtual worlds to explore identity and the hybridization of digital media with the physical world. Whether virtual or physical, the object-based work Kristine creates combines elements of color-based gestural abstraction, animation, pattern and design, neo-Baroque and Populence. Using installation, text, photography, mixed media, video and performance for her ongoing conceptual project My Life as an Avatar, she visualizes a narrative/dialogue with her virtual persona, Gracie Kendal. Kristine then documents her experiences on her blog. In 2012, exploring ideas of community, Kristine turned a local gallery into a modern day creation of Gertrude Stein’s salon of the 1920’s with a live mixed-reality dinner party merging the physical world with the online virtual world. Over the summer she also performed The Bald and the Beautiful in which she had her head shaved as a statement to challenge society’s standards of beauty. Currently, Kristine is working as an Artist-in-Residence through the Linden Endowment for the Arts creating an immersive virtual environment which she is planning to bring into the physical world via sculpture/public art work.

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