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Dallas Multi-Media Artist
|Multi-media artist Pamela Nelson
presents "Homecoming", an
exhibition of her recent work
and collaborations for the home.
Porcelain tiles, wall medallions,
wallpapers, rugs, carpet tiles,
fabrics and multi-paneled steel,
glass and tile screens comprise this
vibrant new collection translated
from her hybrid painting, sculpture,
furniture and assemblages.
“A good word to describe the
projects is ‘translations’ because
each piece is a translation of my
paintings,” Ms. Nelson says. “They
are based on pattern, rhythm and
repetition, much like daily life, with
nuances, surprises and stumbles. I
am intrigued by imperfection in
natural forms, in the urban grid, in
work made by hand. Repetitive
work is often women’swork. Parallel
lines that never meet.
Work that is never finished.”
|The name Homecoming has special significance in these times. “We were
supposed to have this show at Gerald Peters Gallery but then the gallery
closed. So I’m bringing it home to my own studio.” Nelson’s light filled studio
is in downtown Dallas, two blocks north of the Farmers’ Market, where she’s
worked without ceasing for 15 years.
Nelson has worked on this collaborative effort for nearly three years with four
other artists and specialists, mostly in Texas, and with the Honduran Threads
co-op which she supports as a board member.
|She collaborated with Philip Einsohn at Accents Con Aqua in Dallas to
incorporate her organic geometry, as she calls it, into a steel folding screen;
inlaid tiles of natural stones, porcelain and glass; and composite rugs.
Peter Fasano of Peter Fasano Fabrics and Wallpapers in Great Barrington,
Massachusetts (he is represented by George Cameron Nash in Dallas)
produced Nelson’s fabric for her gilt sofas, and her custom wallpaper.
Janan Ott, a master rug hooker in Dallas, translates Nelson’s paintings into
a lush hand-hooked rug from American wool. Ms. Ott worked on this five by
six foot rug for a year.
Quint Foster of Foster Stained Glass in Bryan, Texas, makes the stained glass
fireplace screen and the four-sided mosaic lamps.
Nelson makes the extraordinary Texas Wall Medallions, assemblages on
round wood in various sizes representing the 29 cities most important to
the artist. Some of these relief sculptures began as paintings, the larger
ones named for Dallas and Houston; smaller works for cities such as Lubbock
and Bryan. The Bay City medallion includes Nelson’s grandmother’s buttons.
|Also among these colorful expressions are the hand-embroidered pillows from
the Honduras Threads Co-ops. In this case, Nelson created the designs; the
artisans picked the colors, creating spectacular pillow talk for bed, sofa,
chairs and floor. “These pillows are amazing,” Nelson says. “One pattern can
look a million different ways. I’ve been knocked out! I give them fifteen
different designs and they produce endless variations.” The board sends
French embroidery thread and cotton fabrics to the co-ops. Fabrics donated
by a dozen Dallas designers are also used.
The Homecoming exhibition also includes Nelson’s paintings and works on
paper. Also on view are altered and beaded furniture, functional and
|The exhibition "Homecoming" can be seen by appointment in April and
at the Open Studio Salons every Saturday in April (April 4, 11, 18, 25)
from 12 Noon to 5 p.m.
The exhibition is also online at www.Pamelahnelson.com
The next venue for Homecoming will be Robert Bellamy’s east
Dallas studio, Prairie Dog Imports, in May.