The self-study a recurring theme in my arts practice and the full-on gaze reminds me to see and be seen clearly; to make visible to myself what society seems to wish to erase. This full-on gaze is also reminiscent of the only photo portrait that I have of my late mother that hung at the focal point on my bedroom wall where I grew up. When I create my portraits & memory sketches I often make faces that gaze directly out eyes firmly fixed on you, the factual symbolism of the missing mother whose gaze will always meet yours through the haze of memory, lived experience water, sky& flowers again recur and bring balance to me and hopefully to the viewer.
Pamella Allen is descendent of a long line of mystic storytellers. Through her work, she investigates the intersections of memory and nature, body and soul. A Jamaica born, Brooklyn based artist, she uses artifacts from her life experiences pulled from memory and observation, her work is layered in process: mixed media paintings, printmaking, sculpture, paper making, Installation, photography/video essay & prose combine to create her own archetype; a universal language of images found and remembered that speaks to the diversity of her heritage, lived experiences and reverence for the mystic found in our natural world.