Shoebox Conversations: Pam Douglas

Shoebox Conversations: Pam Douglas

Welcome to our new program, Shoebox Conversations. Our team, Kristine Schomaker, Sheli Silverio and S. Vollie Osborn, is meeting up with artists via Zoom to discuss their art practice, new work, upcoming exhibitions, and more.

Our first artist to join our us is Pam Douglas who is working on a 3 part project “Sanctuary.”

“We are in a startling time, hearing the cries of children torn from their parents. Around the world, refugees seeking sanctuary compel my new work in a visceral response.
For years I created individual paintings and assemblage, from abstract through figurative, in a wide variety of mediums. Now I’m doing a large installation that embodies everything in the service of its importance.

“Sanctuary” is a multi-year project. At its core are life-size figures drawn in charcoal on raw linen draped ceiling to floor. These are parents and children seeking refuge. I discovered a cache of used coffee bean bags that I use throughout the installation as a texture and as a metaphor: these seekers are being treated as commodities rejected at borders.

I aim to reach viewers with the power of their humanity.”

http://www.pamdouglasart.com

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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