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Pamela A Casper
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Bedford-Stuyvesant



ARTIST STATEMENT: My work reflects a lifelong fascination with Nature and a profound sensitivity to place. Deep engagement with the natural environment combined with close field observation and intuitive artistic freedom informs my methodology and choice of media. Fauna and flora imagery are important reference points in my painted work. Documentary and imaginary detail are recombined with an improvisational approach. I utilize salt, earth, water and resist techniques to influence the pigment and I improvise with the resulting forms and accidents to develop my imagery. Birdís nests, tornados, plant and tree roots are reinvented to serve as metaphor for life forces. As in life, one thing leads to another as my painting subject matter propelled me into the creation of 3D objects and multidisciplinary projects. This came from an urge to expand my sensory experience and that of my audience. My 3D installation work revolves around found materials such as barbed wire, feathers and wood, combined with iron wire. I was inspired by the age-old art of wire basketry for guidance. I use traditional bending techniques to make an armature and then connect and weave found materials to create nests. In the bird forms the armature becomes a kind of skeleton, together these works reference endangered species and their shrinking habitat. Together these works reference endangered species and their shrinking habitat due to the production of waste and the expansion of mankind. I have chosen to repurpose man made and found materials to reincarnate them into an effigy of the habitat and animals we have lost and will lose. My performance work combines dance, audio and digital technologies with painted processes. Environmental themes of my paintings and object making are reinterpreted through movement, sound and visual fragments to engage concerns about the fragility of the planet. What I create is meant to inspire contemplation of the aesthetic beauty of nature and interrogate the relationship between humans and their surroundings.
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