Painters & Sculptors Program 2017 Pamela Council

Painters & Sculptors Program

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Pamela Council

Bronx, NY

Pamela Council is an artist based in the Bronx, NY, who makes sculptures, prints, performances, jokes, and more. Her recent works are abstract sensual experiences that freestyle on notions of self care, estate management, personal style, and the preciousness of product. She uses a combination of artist-made and acquired materials in her work, which has been featured at Rush Arts Gallery, Studio Museum in Harlem, Williams College Museum of Art, Rebuild Foundation, and the Wassaic Project. In 2014, Council created a commissioned work for Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. In 2017, Council was an artist-in-residence at Wassaic Project, Rush, and Galveston Artist Residency. She received a BA from Williams College and an MFA from Columbia University. 

“I make sculptures, prints, installations, and performances that transform materials. I’m interested in how we soothe, protect, fashion, and enhance ourselves. I freestyle with mass-produced products like sneaker rubber, beauty products, backscratchers, and crackpipes, combined with artist-produced objects made from materials such as clay and velvet—telling stories, making dedications, erecting structures, and leaving evidence.” 

  • Ringholders series, 2015-ongoing, jewelry boxes, clay, paint, incense, up to 13 x 3 x 3 inches each

  • Ring Holder, 2016, clay, velvety ringholder, 10 x 3 x 3 inches

  • Hand me down to the ground (Auntie), 2015-16, silk velvet, rubber bricks, crack pipes, 100 x 46 x 24 in

  • wtf is juice / gw smile, 2016, sugar, water, purple, Listerine, George Washington's raggedy ass slaves' teeth dentures, gold party foil, Grapeade cans, lights, fountain, silk velvet with surface devouréd by the artist, 66 x 24 x 60 inches

Artworks shown are selected from works submitted by the artist in their grant application. All works are copyright of the artist or artist’s estate.