The work, superimpositions of discernible pattern awash in vibrancy, dwells in the space between the decorative and the necessary, between wallpaper and camouflage. Biological shapes caught mid-morph, dissolving the distinction between figure and ground, perpetuating depth with flatness, luminosity with de-saturation, manifestations of energy that cohere unexpectedly, memorably caught on the cusp of movement. Ravi Shankar, The Exhibitionist: Inside, Backstage Behind the Scenes. The Boston Globe, 2007.
Bio Originally from the Midwest, Pamela Marks received her BFA in painting and drawing from the University of Illinois and an MFA in painting from the University of Arizona. A long-term interest in abstraction and organic form is evident in her paintings and prints. The idea that nature is in a constant state of flux and dissolution is central to the work. The work reflects a fascination with the phenomena of seeing, especially how we perceive color.
Marks artworks have been exhibited in France, Scotland, the Dominican Republic, Greece and the Netherlands. She has had numerous exhibitions across the United States. Her paintings are included in a number of collections including The Tucson Museum of Art; IBM; Tokyo Ana Hotel; Florence Griswold Museum; Benziger Winery; Pabst Brewing Corporation; Singapore Sheraton Hotel; and the Colorado Sangre de Cristo Art Center. In 1994, Marks was awarded an honorarium and purchase prize for her multi-paneled artwork, Healing, that is on permanent display at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Library in Tucson.
Marks spent four months in the Dominican Republic as an artist-in-residence at Altos de Chavon in 1986, and she was the first PASCA artist in residence in Auvillar, France. In 2008, she received a Visual Artist Fellowship Grant from the Connecticut Commission on Culture. Marks has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. While at the American Academy in Rome in the visiting Artist and Scholar Program, the artist began research on sacred geometry that continues to inform her work. Since 1991, Marks has taught painting and drawing at Connecticut College in New London.