In SIGHT new paintings and mixed media works by Pam Douglas use transparencies and reflections to reveal multi-layered perspectives on our times.
SIGHT evokes the courage to see what is happening. Douglas says she has enjoyed the metaphysical realms of vision in past works, and a few works in this show continue her interest in the circle as an embrace of “oneness.” But amidst current national challenges, she felt these times call for boldness. That led her to images of women crying out in darkness, and oil wells sending black ink from an ocean up the lifeline of a tree, and the unflinching gaze of a woman inside a round sawblade, and the line from Thoreau beneath another work: “The question is not what you look at but what you see.”
Art critic Shana Nys Dambrot wrote: “Pam Douglas is steeped in the magical way assemblage creates meaning. But she also excels at using paint, light, and line to create thematic compositional elements of powerful abstract narratives. Motifs of landscape, stylized abstraction and portraiture, and elemental forces of earth, water, and air are depicted and embodied using plexiglass, rope, machine parts, and newsprint, as well as rich colors and mirrored surfaces. The works in SIGHT share material interests with her previous bodies of work, but for this series she has chosen those elements with increased specificity because their message has intensified as a response to society’s troubles. SIGHT evokes ideas about perspective and perception, truth and spectacle, evidence and witness, and includes both physical and metaphysical sensory experiences.”