Pamela Allen Celebration! artwork
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Three Women at the Salon - Gothic
Three Women at the Nursery - Moghul
There is always the dilemma of subject matter for artists. I am not immune to anxiety when one series seems to have reached a conclusion, and I am faced with getting a new idea! Fortunately I got on a roll, as a result of doing a series of small works about Halley's comet throughout history. I chose certain times in history when the comet was visible which gave me the excuse to emulate the historical style of the time. That idea has continued more recently, with more complex and larger pieces. And speaking of anxiety, I was then faced with making a credible image that nevertheless could not be construed as copying or appropriating a Master's style. One solution for me, was to imagine the scenario as if it were occurring today. I am hoping this makes the work contemporary yet still an affectionate comment on art history and its beauty. As I am attracted by highly decorated art genres, it's not surprising that I have chosen eras and styles that are particularly rich and gorgeous. It also keeps me interested in the work by using fabrics that seem incongruous with the subject. Thus the Indian women wear clothing made from recycled Indonesian sarongs. The Gothic salon contains polyester, bathrobe velour and upholstery fabrics.