A bio: Pamela Carmen Council is an exuberant, outspoken change agent. She brings to light under-examined narratives through sculpture, installation, invention, intervention, printed matter, long form email, jokes, style, and performance. Pamela has created commissions for Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the Studio Museum in Harlem. Her work has been featured at Williams College Museum of Art, African American Museum of Philadelphia, VOLTA and MoCADA. She earned a B.A. from Williams College, where, as a native New Yorker, she was a Merrill Lynch 9/11 Hopes & Dreams Scholar, and an M.F.A. from Columbia University, where she received the Toby Devan Lewis Award. Pamela was a participant in Adidas Group’s Global Footwear Creation Trainee Program. Pamela has been an Artist-in-Residence at Bemis Center, Rush Arts Gallery, Mana Contemporary, Catwalk Artist Project, and Wassaic Project. She is a recipient of the 2017 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant.
A statement: I am a change agent. I make sculptures, prints, and performances that transform materials, people, ideas, and institutions. I’m interested in how we soothe, protect, fashion, and enhance ourselves. I’m thinking about things like Americana, Black Girl Magic, the pleasure principle, biomechanics, touch, finding the humor in all things, protective hairstyles, performance enhancing drugs, reframing history, trauma, prosperity gospel, and luxuriating. I manufacture my own materials like velvet, clay, and silicone objects, and combine them with mass-produced products related to self-soothing and bodily comfort. These include acrylic fingernails, sneaker rubber, engagement ring displays, incense, beauty products, backscratchers, lotion, and crackpipes. I freestyle with these; telling stories, making dedications, and leaving evidence.
Seeking reparations is a part of my practice.