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Pamela Crockett

Pamela Crockett


Artist Work

Anchovy Dance
Oil on Linen
50" x 38"
Visible Strings (Magnolia)
Oil on Linen
62" x 36"
Twisting Bulb
Oil on Linen
32" x 20"
Flotation Devices in Crisis
Oil on Linen
62" x 36"
Unraveling Sea Oat
Oil on Linen
62" x 36"
Oil on Linen
30" x 20"

Artist Information

Baltimore County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

DANCE of DECAY Intrigued by decomposing pods, unraveling bulbs, and dried aquatic fragments, I study their patterns and textures. Back in the studio I view them dissected under a magnifying glass. Their patterns of decay echo the invisible forces controlling their movement. Paradoxically these delicate remains of life reflect both the fragility and the vitality of the earth and its oceans. These paintings contain my fears and my hopes in response to our current climate- changing, socio-political, and geographic-global movements. The earth I have always depended on is undergoing dramatic change. And yet, the patterns of decay are constantly surprising me. The somewhat oxymoronic nature of the terms “still life” and “nature morte” seem appropriate in my observation. For me, even decaying life is active, and dead nature lives. Ambiguity of space in these paintings suggests that what is inside can seem larger than the container itself. My attempts to contain a greater space within a smaller are reminiscent of the tiny, winged casing of the maple seedling that contains the potential for an entire tree. The borders hold the objects; yet most of them cannot help but push outside these boundaries or spill back inside the frames. Making use of the seedlings, nuts, and bulbs I have collected in the studio, I often dip them in paint and use them to create the textures in the borders. The driving forces behind the images are rhythm and movement. I imagine that as a leaf falls from a tree, when it swirls and twists in its dance of decay, it gets only one shot to make its descent memorable.

Artist Bio

Pamela Crockett                                   
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Studio: 3500 Parkdale Ave. Ste. 4A,                           Phone: (410) 823-8058
Baltimore, MD 21211                                                           

Pamela Crockett is best known for her large-scale oil paintings of small, natural decaying objects in active environments. In them, she imbues inanimate objects with life, and her attention to texture invites the viewer for a closer look. A former fellow in residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and recipient of the Olssen Faculty Incentive Award, Pamela has been teaching art and painting since receiving her Master of Fine Arts and Masters of Arts degrees from the University of Iowa in 1991. Teaching positions include Mt. St. Mary’s College, Loyola University, Notre Dame of Maryland University, McDaniel College, St. Timothy’s School, and the University of Iowa. 

She maintains an artist studio in the Woodberry neighborhood of Baltimore, and her work appears widely in collections across the U.S. Recent solo exhibitions include the Honfleur Gallery in Anacostia, DC, and the Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel, MD. Two-person exhibits include Kirkland Arts Center in New York and the Howard County Arts Council in Ellicott City.

1991             M. F. A. University of Iowa, IA City, IA
1990             M.A. University of Iowa, IA City, IA
1976             B.A. Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA

Upcoming, September 2020, Delaplaine Arts Center, Frederick, MD
Dance of Decay, April – May 2019, Honfleur Gallery, Washington, DC
Two-Person Show, April - May 2019, Kirkland Art Center, Clinton, NY
Pamela Crockett Solo, Nov. – Dec. 2018, Montpelier Arts Center, Laurel, MD
Everyday Relics, 2018, Howard County Arts Council, Columbia, MD
Noisy Se Butsu: Active Still Life, Hannah More Arts Center, Stevenson, MD
Unveiling, Carroll County Arts Council, Westminster, MD
Beyond the Pane: Mixed Media Window Paintings, Loyola University, MD
In the Wings, Gormley Gallery, College of Notre Dame, Baltimore, MD
Prints and Drawings, Gallery One, McDaniel College, Westminster, MD
Imagery and Installation, University of Iowa, Museum of Art, Iowa City
Drawings, Checkered Space, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

City of Alexandria: Art Purchase Awards, 2019, Alexandria, VA
Hill Center Galleries, 2019, Washington, DC, juror Caitlin Berry
Mid Atlantic New Painting 2018, U of Mary Washington, VA, juror, Kimberli Gant
A Different Vision, 2019, Plymouth Center for the Arts, Plymouth, MA
Center for Contemporary Art, 2018, Bedminster, NJ, juror, Midori Yoshimoto
America Now, 2018, Providence Art, Providence, RI, juror, Elliot Bostwick Davis
Hill Center Galleries, 2017, Washington, DC, juror Claude Elliott
Micro/Macro, 2017, Sulfur Studios, Savannah, GA
Paper in Particular,  2017, Columbia College, Columbia, MO
Abstracts Matter, 2017, Gallery 311, Raleigh, NC, juror Don Mertz
Spectrum, 2017, Cade Gallery, Anne Arundel, MD, juror Justin Strom
Paperworks 2016, B.J. Spoke Gallery, Huntington, NY, juror Heidi Hirschl
Absolutely Abstract, 2016, Philadelphia Sketch Club, Philadelphia, PA
Primar(i)ly Red, 2016, Emerge Gallery, Saugerties, NY
Texas National 2016, Stephen F. Austin University, TX, juror Abelardo Morell
Repurpose, 2016, Core New Art Space, Lakewood CO
Wings from Chains, 2016, Athenaeum Gallery, Alexandria, VA
Abstract Art: 2016, Art League of Lincoln, CA, juror, Celena Polena.
Abstraction: Diverted Reality, 2016, Evelyn Jorgenson Gallery, Moberly, MO
Women’s Works, 2016, Old Courthouse Gallery, Woodstock, IL
Tactile, 2016, Visual Art Exchange, Raleigh, NC, juror Tom Pursey
Member’s Show, Towson Arts Collective, Towson, MD
Faculty Biennial, Julio Fine Arts Gallery, Loyola University, Baltimore, MD
All in the Family, Bryn Mawr School, Baltimore, MD
MAEA Exhibition, Howard County Arts Council, Columbia, MD
Kansas City Arts Institute, Kansas City, MO
Invitational Exhibition, Falconer Gallery, Grinnell, IA
Painting ’94, Arlington Arts Center, VA, curator Donald Kuspit
Historic Savage Mill Exhibit, Savage Mill, MD, curator Jack Rasmussen
School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, MD
Strictly Painting, McLean Project for the Arts, McLean, VA
Juried Exhibition, Resurgam Gallery, Baltimore, MD
National Works on Paper, Marsh Gallery, Richmond, VA, curator Charlotte Kotik
Painting, Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, PA
Group Exhibition, Katzenstein Gallery, Baltimore, MD
Annual Art Exhibition, Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown, NY
Quad Cities Regional Showcase, Davenport Museum of Art, Davenport, IA
Group Exhibition, Iowa City Art Gallery, Iowa City, IA
Tullahoma Arts, Best in Show, Tullahoma, TN

The Washington Post “Where the celestial meets the nitty-gritty,” Gallery Review, Mark Jensen, May 10, 2019
Director, “International Fashion Show of Wearable Art,” featured with the exhibit El Anatsui, Gawu at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art
Fellow in Residence, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Mt. San Angelo, VA
“Design, Culture, and Aesthetics Come Together,” Pamela Crockett, Scholastic Arts Magazine
Olssen Faculty Incentive Award,
2010, St. Timothy’s School, Stevenson, MD
Baltimore City Paper, “Critic’s Choice: Exhibits,” Eileen Murphy
Summer residency, Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
Carroll County Times Review, “Pigments of the Imagination,” Amanda Knittle
The Baltimore Sun, Arts and Entertainment, “Preview”
The Baltimore Sun, Resurgam Reflects Accomplishment,John Dorsey
Artist-in-Residence, Nashville Children’s Theatre, TN