Chemistry textbook, binder screws, copper wire, mylar, glass beads, tying silk, 14.5 x 13.5 x 9 inches, unique. $900
Photogravure, 9.75 x 6.76 inches, paper size approx. 16 x 11.62 inches, number 4 from an edition of 25. $250
Photogravure, Image size: approx. 9.75 x 6.75 inches, paper size: approx. 16 x 11.62 inches, number 4 from an edition of 25. $250
It started with the first Destruction Drawing in 2003. Nine 12×9 inch drawings followed. Then, needing to get out of the dark and wanting to work bigger, the Adam drawing, 5-feet tall, came along. The Clayman followed and then Adam needed Eve. These drawings grew to be the Creation Myth series, now nearly done and 5 years in the making. Interwoven with the making of these drawings is an ongoing photographic series of artists in rehearsal and book sculptures about emergence and thought processes. And suddenly it was there: Creation. Destruction. Process. These are my themes.
As artists, many of us don’t start with themes. A theme is something that emerges and that we often only realize we have been working within when we look back at our body of work. While I have always been an artist who is about process (I like to do everything – or nearly everything – myself), I realize that this is also the theme which has run through all of my work for the last few years. It began with an inability to come to terms with 9/11, but which got jolted into action with the invasion of Iraq. Life goes on and as a species we manage to persist – and sometimes our survival of destruction becomes the greatest act of creation of all.
Pamela Matsuda-Dunn’s work has been represented in group exhibitions, including shows at the Center for Book Arts, Drom Art Space, SUNY Stony Brook, and Indiana State University. Her work was included in Luis Camnitzer’s “Last Book” project, which was shown at the National Library of Argentina, and she was in a 2-person show at PS 122. Matsuda-Dunn has received a grant from the George Sugarman Foundation for her Creation Myth drawings series and had residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and a Swing Space through the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council to support the creation of this project. In addition, she has had a residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts and was one of 18 artists selected to have their work in Art-o-Mat’s “Unpacked,” a limited edition book of original art.
A native of Hawaii, she attended Reed College and the Pacific Northwest College of Art, both in Portland, Oregon. In 1983, she moved to New York City, where she now lives and works.