Donna Anderson Kam's website
of this artist's work.
As an artist I am interested in the idea of self as a body politic, something
that society controls or overshadows. In this regard, my drawings address
the consequence of a culture divided by the expectations of personal
prosperity and the realities of sustainability.
My recent work is a series of large scale drawings in pastel which explore
the contradictions in contemporary culture and the resulting consequences.
Our consumption based economy, our media influenced identity and the
unrealistic expectations of personal prosperity inspired by a constant barrage
of messages from the media to consume/ renew/ refresh, have created a
mountain of discarded commercial goods, cultural amnesia and the many
spiritually impoverished “consumers” that exist today. This work articulates
the restlessness and ambiguity of modern life exacerbated by messages
from the media. This 21st Century pace of information requires us to suspend
our sense of personal space, identity and choice.
Collaborating with young actors, I stage a retelling of recent news events
from printed media. The images are edited, with information erased or
activated and combined with photographs that I have taken of the detritus
from neighborhood streets. Each element is chosen as a piece in a narrative
puzzle. The resulting collages become studies for drawings, some as large
as 52 x 96 inches.These drawings have been described as biographies of the
modern social experience, "still lives of modern living."
- Residency Period: October 2011 - January 2012
- Art Show: Friday January 20, 2012 & Saturday January 21, 2012: