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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. Bird’s 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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ARTIST RESUME:


Education

2010 Studied Watercolor with Mary White, Barbara Nechis

1985 Studio School

1983 FIT

1976 Swarthmore College, BA, studied with Harriet Shorr


Solo Exhibitions

2009
“Tornado Paintings” Tribbles New York, NY

2002
New England Landscapes” The Witt Gallery, Pawlett VT

1987
“Break-dancers”, Gallery Shirley, Geneva, Switzerland


Selected Group Exhibitions
2017 The Primacy of Color II, The New York Society of Women Artists, Carriage Barn, CT

2016 The Primacy of Color, The New York Society of Women Artists, George Billis Gallery, NYC

2015
Volumes and Voids, Sculptors Alliance, Governors Island, NY

2014
Creative Climate Exhibition, The Human Impacts Association, Taipei Cultural Office, NYC

2013
“Leerer” (‘Emptiness”) Mindener Museum, Minden Germany; Installation

Hullaballoo Collective, Fountain Art Fair, NYC

2012
“Joie de Vivre” Hullaballoo Collective Paul Selfert Project Space, NYC,

“It’s a Small Small World”, Family Business Gallery, Chelsea NYC, curated by Massimiliano Gionni

Hullaballoo Collective, Fountain Art Fair, NYC

Earthdance, Plainfield MA

2011
Art and Activism, Exit Art, New York NY

T.O.A.S.T., New York, NYC

2007
Synagogue for the Arts, NYC

T.O.A.S.T., New York, NYC

2005
The Howland Cultural Center, Beacon, NY

2004
Blue Mountain Gallery, NYC Invitational

2003
Tribeca Artists at Ptarmigan, Ptarmigan Arts, Homer Alaska

2001
Rittenhouse Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA

2000
Artsforum Gallery, NYC

New England Landscape, Arts Unlimited, South Hadley, MA

1998
Franklin Fest, NYC; Group Show

1997
American Watercolor Society, Salmagundi Club, NYC; Group Show

1996
The List Gallery, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA

1995
Woodstock Gallery of Art, Woodstock, VT; Group Show

1989
The Pastel Society, Gramercy Arts Club, NYC: Group Show

1978 “Les Americains Maintenant”, Francoise Carel Gallery, Paris, France


Residencies/Awards

2012
Finalist for the Basil Alkazzi Painting Grant
E-Merge Collaborative Residency at Earth Dance for Living, MA



1993
Vermont Studio Center, Johnson VT studied painting with Neil Welliver Yvonne Jacquette and Nancy Mitchnick
1989
Pastel Society of America Award

1972
Kerner Scholarship for Creativity


Selected Collections

The Bank of Montpelier, VT
Christopher Kimball, Editor, Cooks Magazine, Boston, MA, Sandgate VT
Nicole Miller, Fashion Designer NYC
Judge Eve Preminger, Surrogate Court Judge of New York State, NYC
Sara Balbach and Dan Lane, NYC
Kay and James Ramsey, NYC
Mr. & Mrs. Ackman, NYC
Louise Curley, NYC
Jack and Molly Flynn, NYC
Noboru and Haruko Otani, Japan
Dr. Tanmoy Mukherjee, Montclair, NJ
Deborah and Dr. Frank Hudak, Oyster Bay NY
Gerry and Andrew Morrison, Smithtown, NY
Chris Haggerty, Westport CT
Herve LeGoff, Paris France
Valerie Remond, France
Maia and Pierre Paulin, Paris, France
Elizabeth Carey, London, UK
Martin and Cynthia Cooper, Farmington, CT
Jake and Christa Rost, Denver, CO

Affiliations
Bric Artist Registry
Nurtur Art Registry
Plein Air Painters of New York State, PAPNYS
The Artists Circle
T.O.A.S.T. Tribeca Open Artist Studio Tour, founding member

Publications

Alexandria Quarterly, November 2015 http://www.alexandriaquarterlymag.com/art-pamlea-casper/
Coastal Living, May 2015
Tagablat, Germany, November 2013
Tribeca Trib April 2011
Vermont News, July 2001
Plein Air Magazine, April 2005, “Aspects of New England”
Tribune de Geneve, March 1987 “ Elle saisit au vol les ‘break dancers’ New Yorkais.”
 








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