PAMELA'S PRACTICE uses abstract animation and digital projection to INVESTIGATE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN time, place and perception. HER WORK CARVES OUT HIGHLY IMMERSIVE, CONTEMPLATIVE SPACES WHICH open potentialities outside of EXISTING CULTURAL SYSTEMS. PAMELA CURRENTLY LIVES IN CHICAGO WHERE SHE IS AN MFA CANDIDATE AT THE SCHOOL OF THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO.
DESCRIPTION OF PRACTICE
How can we challenge an economic and governmental ideology which has become so normalized as to be invisible, perceived as reality, itself? Concerned with light, space and time, I make immersive, site-conditioned, digitally projected abstract animations to examine emotional coping mechanisms. I transpose Inner Child emotions from the past onto the present, changing both. Mobilizing play and referencing Perception Theory, my practice asks myself and my viewers to attend actively to our surroundings. Place and emotion are hidden and revealed through light, darkness and duration. Presence opens spaces outside of existing systems, imaging potentialities for something other. In a culture suffering from a strategic systemic denial of basic human and ecological needs, what does it mean to look, to feel?
STATEMENT ON VISION
WESTERN THOUGHT HAS MAINTAINED, SINCE THE RENAISSANCE, A VANTAGE POINT SEPARATE FROM THE WORLD. WE ARE NOT PART OF THE WORLD. WE LOOK OUT UPON IT. THIS IS A LIE. IN ART, ONE POINT PERSPECTIVE EPITOMIZES THIS FALLACY. WE CALL IT REALISM.
WE ARE WITHIN AND PART OF THE WORLD. WE SEE MANY THINGS AT ONCE. ONE POINT PERSPECTIVE DOES NOT EXIST. 1 IN ORDER TO BRING OUR CULTURAL VISION CLOSER TO REALITY, WE MUST ABANDON THIS IDEA OF A FIXED, EXTERIOR LOOKING-ON IN FAVOR OF A VISION THAT REQUIRES MULTIPLE PERSPECTIVES TO FORM A COMPLETE PICTURE. ART IS THE MOST LOGICAL AND EFFECTIVE PLACE TO INITIATE THIS CHANGE.
1. Statement on vision heavily refers to David Hockney as quoted in True to Life: Twenty-Five years of Conversations with David Hockney, Lawrence Weschler, Berkeley : University of California Press, 2008