Tara & The Dragon, 2019, 63″x63″x2 inches, Acrylic and mixed media on canvas
The works incorporated into the body of this mandala are “BabyGirl Tara”, an oil painting that I created while in a residency in India and “A Peace” which is an encaustic painting inspired by my love of sailing & life on the oceans. The dragonfly is another symbol that I love and is revered by cultures across the world for its healing magic and resilient nature. As in most of my works, I have incorporated my prose but here it is buried, a brief excerpt inspired by a creation story about the Dragonfly:
“Ma Lung breaths in the natural mystic
Odonoda beats clarity on iridescent wings of change
Odonoda sings Ixchel back to life
Odonoda breaths in the natural mystic”
To create this series of mixed media paintings, I have incorporated the ritual, therapeutic and storytelling use of the perfect circle in cultures throughout history from Africa, to Asia and the Americas. In these works I use my own artifacts and archetypal images, the motion of repetitive form, the written word, and earth elements such as sand and soil to create a landscape grounded in the mystic of nature. The desire is to make a place of “one-ness” in the process of creating these works that translates to the viewer as a place of inspired peace, a place of meditation.
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.