Interview: Pam White
Luca Curci talks with Pam White during CANVAS INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2022, at ITSLIQUID ART SPACE – Venice Grand Canal.
In the most basic terms, I paint water… using fire. Always a lover of the outdoors, I try to manufacture my own interpretation of what I see. Each morning I walk the beaches of Hilton Head Island which is where I find my greatest influence – the sea. While I was initially an acrylic and oil painter, I’ve settled into more of a long-term relationship with wax and fire. The unpredictability of the encaustic wax medium is a constant inspiration and challenge to me. Mixing beeswax, resin, pigment, rabbit skin glue, marble powder, and other items allow me the flexibility of deep texture, but also the drama of translucency. I am a full-time artist who constantly challenges myself to grow. In addition to my painting, I am the volunteer Director for “First Thursday Artists” which I helped establish in the early stages of the pandemic to provide a way to assist established artists display and selling their work when indoor galleries were closed. It is in its 10th month of existence and has 28 licensed, experienced artists.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Pam White – To me, art is either a simple or a complex expression of life.
LC – Which subject are you working on?
PW – I’m presently working on a series of ocean-inspired pieces. I’m not painting traditional ocean scenes, but the microscopic enlargement of the crest of a wave. I use encaustic wax and pigment and I paint water using fire.
LC – What is the role the artist plays in society? And contemporary art?
PW – The artist’s role in society is to stimulate a person or a community’s senses. The senses stimulated could be visual, smell, touch, or taste. By stimulating the senses, an emotion is evoked. Contemporary art is present-day art Today artists are not just influenced by their personal experiences but due to social media, worldwide news media, and media in general the artist is inspired to create art based on more diverse subjects and experiences. Today artists push the limit with their canvas or substrate and also with their medium.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
PW – The trend with art today is also evolving. Art is exhibited and sold through the internet much more than ever thought possible. Artists are not only creating art but they must learn online marketing avenues and how to present their work worldwide online.
LC – What is the most challenging part of creating your artwork?
PW – It’s easier to become distracted and sucked into learning the marketing end of art, having an online presence takes a tremendous amount of time. This is time an artist should use to create and think.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
PW – I agree with ItsLiquid’s vision of art in that “canvas” has completely lost its original definition. A canvas is now everything conceivable.. including air molecules. Much contemporary art is now being created and sold digitally instead of traditional methods. I appreciate their methodology of presenting art in an “in-person” environment in addition to digital format. It opens the presentation to the world.
LC – In which way is your artwork presented in our exhibition connected with the exhibition’s theme?
PW – I personally enjoy creating contemporary art using old-world mediums and tools, as I paint with beeswax and a torch. I am using the original 14th-century wood canvas in addition to the ancient medium of beeswax, resin, and natural pigmentation. My work is “out of balance” in that it is contemporary in its visual and tactile appearance yet made from an ancient method. I paint what I see, I paint water. But my paintings exemplify the ocean from the inside out…almost as if you are surfacing after a dive in the ocean. I want the viewer to almost feel the saltwater on their skin when they see my art. I also want to document the clarity of our water and give reminders of the importance of our oceans to life itself. The subject I paint is also “out of balance”.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
PW – I am honored and thrilled to be a part of this important exhibit. From the first contact I received from ITSLIQUID to the video of the exhibit, I am quite impressed.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us?
PW – I would love to donate a portion of my art proceeds to The Ocean CleanUp through your connection with them. I feel very strongly about this organization and the difference they are trying to make for our planet. I see possibly an “ocean show’ through ITSLIQUID to support their endeavors.
LC – What do you think about our services?
PW – I’ve researched ITSLIQUID and I am so impressed with their mission. My encounters with them and their professionalism and helpfulness far exceeded my expectations.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID Group can represent an opportunity for artists?
PW – ITSLIQUID provides an amazing venue for artists to exhibit both in-person and online. They are extremely professional.