|Pam Douglas, One, Acrylic, rope, silk, wood, 36 x 48"|
|Pam Douglas, Witness, Mirror, ink, sawblade on plexi, 14 x 32"|
Douglas has enjoyed the metaphysical realms of vision in past works, and with this exhibition she continues her interest in the circle as an embrace of “oneness.” Amidst current national challenges, she felt these times call for boldness. That led her to images of women crying out in darkness, oil derricks spewing oil, the unflinching gaze of a woman inside a round saw blade, and the line from Thoreau beneath another work: “The question is not what you look at, but what you see.”
|Pam Douglas, The Question Is Not What You Look At But What You See,|
Ink, acrylic, silk, paper, mirror on plexi, 38 x 34"
Art critic Shana Nys Dambrot wrote: “Pam Douglas is steeped in the magical way assemblage creates meaning. But she also excels at using paint, light, and line to create thematic compositional elements of powerful abstract narratives. Motifs of landscape, stylized abstraction and portraiture, and elemental forces of earth, water, and air are depicted and embodied using Plexiglas, rope, machine parts, and newsprint, as well as rich colors and mirrored surfaces. The works in SIGHT share material interests with her previous bodies of work, but for this series she has chosen those elements with increased specificity because their message has intensified as a response to society’s troubles. SIGHT evokes ideas about perspective and perception, truth and spectacle, evidence and witness, and includes both physical and metaphysical sensory experiences.”
|Pam Douglas, In a Dark Time the Mind Begins To See, Ink, acrylic, mirror on plexi, 14 x 47"|
Artist Panel Discussion: Saturday, October 7, 3pm