BACKGROUND

Pamela J. Black is a painter who lives and works in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Her creative practice involves constant experimentation and serves as a source of mediation which is rooted in abstraction. She received her Bachelor in Fine Arts from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and holds her Masters in Education, which she obtained while teaching art for five years. She has exhibited in galleries nationally and is currently an artist in residence at The Millworks in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Her most recent work explores the day to day demands and joys of motherhood.

ARTIST STATEMENT

My paintings are interpretations of what I see around me and what I have discovered through sketches along my travels. I often begin by creating a random mark on canvas or paper and respond to it by bringing order back to the surface. Focus on process, change and exploration is essential to creating work that feels authentic and personal. Ultimately, my creative process is fueled by a need to find a sense of balance between chaos and control.

Through this dialogue that I create, I continue to find connections to myself. My paintings serve as reflections of my soul’s landscape - they are visual records of my emotions, findings, and my everyday thoughts. I choose to explore these ideas through my relationship with the medium, while constantly expressing myself through the process of painting. My hope is for the viewer to be brought into the present moment while engaging with my paintings and to be able to find their own story within the artwork.

Staircase mural completed at Source the Space in New Cumberland, PA (2019)

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