Pamela Casper was born and raised in New York, NY. Casper studied painting with Harriet Shorr at Swarthmore College and has been exhibited in group exhibitions at notable institutions such as the American Watercolor Society, New York, NY; Exit Art, NY; Governors’ Island, NY; and the Mindener Museum, Minden, Germany. Pamela Casper has had solo exhibitions at Gallery Shirley, Geneva, Switzerland; The Witt Gallery, Paulett, VT; and The Wisner House Gallery in Reeves-Reed Arboretum, Summit, NJ, from June – November 2021. Recent work was included in the 2020 Ecoartspace catalogue, curated by Eleanor Heartney; and in 2021, the Ecoartspace exhibition and book, Embodied Forest curated by Lilian Fraiji. Pamela Casper was a finalist for the NYFA Basil Alkassi painting award. Casper completed residencies at E_Merge at Earthdance for Living, Plainfield, MA, and The Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT. Casper is a member of the New York Society of Women Artists and lives and works in Brooklyn.
About this collection of work:
These drawings are a visual reportage of my observations of natural remains and the detritus of modern-day living.
I observe raw beauty in the form and structure of humble organic entities of tree bark, seed pods, or dried weed skeletons when I look closely. I am inspired to work in watercolor on Arches paper and render the deep textures and patterns of a Cottonwood tree bark and the Buckminster Fuller-like structure of the Western Salsify flower. In graphite on paper, with great care I draw images floated on white ground in cinematic close-up, giving extreme intensity to the form, with the hint of a shadow to ground it to the paper and this world.
Some drawings focus on one element, and others speak to the dichotomy of contemporary remains of modern living, telephone wires, sponges, and bubble wrap with natural materials. The natural elements will assimilate into the environment, but the human-made materials of plastic will not.