Pamela Bowden is a fine artist with a background in archaeology and ethnography. Her experience as an ethnoarchaeological ceramicist led her to explore concepts of time, fragility and the impermanent nature of life. She has participated in group shows as well as two solo exhibitions, and is currently undertaking research at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College.
Bowden’s work revolves around the duality of permanence and impermanence and is informed by an exploration of the Still Life genre. She works with domestic items that transform into objects of otherness and carry an elemental charge. Her piece longlisted in the Aesthetica Art Prize, Sintered Books is a collection of discarded books that were submitted to, and survived, the heat of the kiln, despite their seeming fragility. It alludes to rebirth and strength.
The books have transformed into layers of fine porcelain that appear fleeting in their existence; but, having been taken to sintering point, the kaolin constituent of the paper has become ceramic and the books have a strength and permanence not at first apparent. Untouched, they will survive. The books are exhibited in a glass case with one placed outside, and so by being touched by the public it will slowly deteriorate and its transience made manifest.
The Aesthetica Art Prize is open for entries until 31 August 2014. The Judging Panel features artist Anna Vogel; Dr Sam Lackey, Curator at The Hepworth Wakefield; Matthew Flowers, Managing Director of Flowers; Professor Rob Dickins, CBE; and Whitney Hintz, Independent Advisor and Curator at Hiscox among others. Prizes include £5,000 courtesy of Hiscox, exhibition, editorial coverage in Aesthetica Magazine, publication, art supplies vouchers courtesy of Winsor & Newton and art books by Prestel.
For more details and to enter visit www.aestheticamagazine.com/artprize.
to see more of Pamela Bowden’s work head to www.pamelabowden.co.uk.
1. Pamela Bowden, Sintered Books. Aesthetica Art Prize: Three-Dimensional Design and Sculpture Longlist. Courtesy of the artist and Aesthetica.
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