Pamela Anderson – Wauwatosa, WI
Proposal: As the 2013 Pfister Artist in Residence I will engage Pfister visitors in dialog about the correlations and contrasts between Victorian Art and my style of painting, the Abstract Expressionist style.
Victorian Art’s vibrant colors evoked high society during the 19th century. Brighter emotional colors and dynamic strokes were used to record the culture of the time. The Abstract Expressionism movement was the first Art Movement formally developed in America. Exiled European artists and young American Artists found themselves conversing about the times. This stimulating dialog resulted in creation of dynamic, vibrant artworks. The Abstract movement began as the last of the art movements of the Victorian era were ending. I feel that the technological advances that the Victorian era made allowed the way scientists, artists and the public viewed art and aesthetics. This began to pave the way for a new art period to begin. The visual appeal of my canvasses recognizes this through intense use of color. I have been studying the Abstract Expressionist Artists, developing my own techniques and interpretation of their artistic style.
My plan is to select 8 works from the Pfister Victorian Art Collection to study and paint my interpretation of the motions and colors used in the collection. I will display artwork from the Pfister Collection that inspired me and explore the poetic interchange of color and emotions with the visitors in the gallery. My legacy piece will be a work created from expanding on the possibilities of this medium and approach.
I am looking forward to my growth and education if honored to be the next Pfister Artist in Residence.
The works that speak to me for this exploration and dialog are:
- Incense – Roberto Bompiani
- Grecian Girl – Antonio Torres
- Music – Cesare Auguste Detti
- Flirtation – Georges Achille-Fould
- The Rose – Adolphe Piot
- A View of Venice – Charles Clement Calderon
- The Poppy Field – Louis Aston Knight
- Confidences – Federigo Andreotti