The Inspiration of Human Connection
I am inspired by the complexities of human connection. Our lives are tapestries of connections. We are shaped, challenged and inspired by the people we engage with. To know and understand each other can be rewarding and enriching, and at times, can allow for a profound experience of love and belonging. At other times, these journeys of knowing can be so difficult.
My practice in painting, printmaking and drawing addresses the challenges of intimate human relationships – between women, within families, and across race.
A Lesbian, Feminist Perspective
The people, scenes and stories come from my imagination and are not autobiographical snapshots of my life. They are inspired by my personal relationship experiences, the relationships of those around me, and the communities in which I live. They are created from a lesbian, feminist perspective through moments lived, observed, remembered, envisioned.
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Photo Credit: Michele Ryan
Pamela Dodds is a Canadian artist who was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, grew up in the Toronto and landed in the USA as a young teen, due to family permutations and perambulations. She lived in Cleveland, Ohio and Boston, Massachusetts, returning to Toronto in 2008.
Her life-sized paintings were first exhibited in Boston where the Prints and Drawings Dept. of the Boston Public Library began collecting her works on paper.
In Cleveland, the paintings and prints were exhibited at Brant Gallery, William Busta Gallery, and others. The Cleveland Museum of Art purchased the 6-print suite Ebb.
In Toronto, she received a Nick Novak Fellowship and later a Hexagon Fellowship at Open Studio Printmaking Centre, and her work has been supported by the Barbara Deming Fund for feminist art, the Ontario Arts Council, a generous grant from the Gottlieb Foundation, NY, and others.
In 2016, she was a feature artist at Lesbian ARTivisms in the Age of Globalization Colloquium, University of Ottawa. In 2017 the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington, ON, presented a 15-year survey of her work in print, including the newly completed Undertow installation in the gallery’s loft-like upper level.
An installation of Undertow was exhibited in Santander, Spain at Impact 10: International Printmaking Conference, 2018. Her work appeared at FiLiA Feminist Conference, London, UK, 2017, Haugesund Museum of Fine Art, Norway, 2019, and Tŷ Pawb, Wrexham, Wales, UK, 2019-2020.
Something I Want to Tell You opened in Cleveland in February through July 2020.
Currently, she contemplates the Pandemic through a series of small paintings of her window sill, Pandemic Paintings, while expanding her printmaking practice into an extensive new body of work, to be exhibited in 2022.