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Grimm's Fairytales
Grimm's Fairytales have become a new subject for Pamela to investigate new images and stretch her work beyond the clay figure and getting a chance to go back to painting with gouche again - an opaque water color. The impetus for this series began when she was reflecting on her first years of teaching, forty years ago, in Brighton with her close colleague, Janet Davies.  She and Janet used the Grimm fairytales to motivate their students as they made papier maché hand puppets, painted their own scenery and performed the plays for their class and others. These works, although three dimensional, are structured to hang on the wall, and built to create their own 'stages'. Each of the works combines Pamela's clay work with additional mediums.  Hare's Bride Puppet Show has the whole Grimm tale written into the background and the floor of the 'stage,' while Red and Big Bad has a quote from the tale that leaves one wondering which character is being quoted.  Pamela’s imagery leans towards the dark side of the Brothers Grimm's tales. Each of the character's from Hare's Bride Puppet Show are represented differently.  The Hare as a puppet in an active upright position, looking very much alive and engaging, whereas the Bride lays discarded on the stage, her eye's staring off into space.  The Parson Crow is painted into the tale, perched on the tree in the background with Fox Clerk hiding underneath the stage. Meant to be hung slightly above eye-level allows the viewer to be an audience to the 'show,' and gives full view of the all the characters. Red and Big Bad appear to be coming out of the darkly illustrated pages of a large, leather bound story book, their looks askance at one another with a combination of fear and desire. The painting shows the heat of the moment represented by the red glow at the lower area of the deckled edged pages. Big Bad even shows a burning desire represented by the heat coming up from his chest. The book sits propped on a small black lacquered 'table.' Meant to be hung at eye level - to closely engage the 'reader.' Hare's Bride Puppet Show Red and Big Bad Dimensions: 36" h x 12"wide, and 9" deep. Dimensions: 17" h x 18" wide, and 9" deep. $2500 $2500
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Rumpelstiltskin Dimensions: 29"h x 20"w x 7"d Given an opportunity to build and paint environments for my pieces has included quite a complex and dimensional piece for Rumpelstiltskin.  Difficult to photograph as such, his piece has a back and side walls, painted to shows a menacing Rumpelstiltskin dancing about in the night around his fire, as he delights in the thought that no one will be able to guess his name.  The back wall and 'floor' of the piece include additional clay accessories to add to the three dimensional concept. Feb. 2017: He's on display at the MCAA exhibit set in a black wall- mounted background. $2500. 
These three new Grimm-inspired pieces are stories we're not most familiar, but caught my imagination for the imagery I could create.  These pieces are wall-mounted, low to mid-relief in oxide-stained, terra-cotta clay.  Their surfaces are treated with colored-pencil and metallic-wax patinas. The Girl with No Hands in addition to the surface treatments, has silver metal wings attached.
Grimm's Fairytales - The Girl with No Hands Grimm's Fairytales - The Girl with No Hands Grimm's Fairytales | The Juniper Tree Grimm's Fairytales | The Juniper Tree Grimm's Fairytales | White Snake Grimm's Fairytales | White Snake
The Girl with No Hands $275.    
The Juniper Tree $275.
White Snake $275.