My paintings are studies in human nature and speak of my fascination with it, and with all of our tendencies, struggles, and attempts at peace. I explore opposites, walking paths between knowing and not knowing, kindness and bitterness, uniqueness and universality, seeking out and letting go, and I make an especially worn traverse between reason and emotion, rationality and intuition.
These explorations mainly take form in portrait and self-portrait studies. Birds almost always appear--sometimes with people, sometimes on their own, sometimes only in spirit. I stopped questioning why they appear; it seems they just do.
Materials used in addition to oil paint include wax, resins, and numerous drawing media. Occasionally, found objects including buttons, wire, thread, wood and feathers find their way into paintings, too.
Pamela Callahan was born and raised in Kenosha, Wisconsin and received a B.A. in Studio Art from Lawrence University in Appleton, WI. Since 1989, she has lived and worked in the Bucktown/Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago, opening her studio for the annual Around the Coyote Arts Festival held there each fall. Her artwork resides in numerous private collections and has been featured in many group exhibitions as well as the book, Art Scene, Chicago 2000. Pamela is actively involved with Woman Made Gallery, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting women in the arts. As WMG's Associate Director, she produces its annual Her Mark Datebook and organizes poetry readings to complement the Gallery's themed exhibitions.
above:"She" - 2002, 40" x 32" oil on linen - all rights reserved by the artist.
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