PAMELA HOCHSTETTER

The process of messing with materials is my bliss. Spontaneously discovering what form they want to be in and what they have to say captivates me like nothing else. When I get lucky and bump into my best friend, “Flow,” in the studio she generously bathes me in plucky pleasure leading me to exactly the right outcome.

In addition to expressive painting with acrylics and watercolor crayons and pencils, sculpting with resin and fiberglass are currently at the heart of it. Returning to my love of 3-dimensional form, (I was a committed ceramic artist in the 70’s and 80’s), I have chosen these materials for their plasticity, strength and textural possibilities. No longer constrained by the limitations of a kiln I am free to let it rip. While layering resin-soaked fiberglass upon an armature requires great skill, it doesn’t require being on good terms with fickle “kiln gods.”

The imagery that presents itself is fluid, lyrical, and sometimes sensual. The works are unabashed in their movement, vitality, and freedom. Sharing that energy is my intent.

I’ve often had viewers say that my sculptures seem to reference Georgia O’Keefe – but in the round. While I have never consciously sourced her imagery, I honor the comparison. In any case, my experience as a woman clearly informs my work and I proudly embrace that grounding!