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Flight of Fancy

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Flight of Fancy by Pamela Merory Dernham at Vessel Gallery

Flight of Fancy

8,000.00

Pamela Merory Dernham (2011)

5' height x 5' width x 7" depth

Powder coated steel wire

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Pamela Merory Dernham (2011)

5' height x 5' width x 7" depth

Powder coated steel wire

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"I have always been attracted to making figurative sculpture because of my love of the human form and my fascination with physical, intellectual, and emotional interactions.  For much of the history of art, the figure has been used to tell the stories of a culture.  Among the most compelling sculptures for me are the Pre Columbian and Egyptian tombs, Indian temples, and European churches.  Though I can never have the direct experience of these cultures, their figurative art draws me through its power to evoke reactions, feelings, and memories of my own.
In my own art what I desire to create are figurative sculptural works that do not have specific narrative intent and yet evoke meaning for the viewer.  We live in a world of innumerable cultures, languages, and beliefs.  What we ultimately share is our humanity, and my goal is to reach others across our particular belief systems.  
To make my sculptures I begin with individual figures “drawn” with steel wire.  Wire is an excellent medium for me to create expressive gestures in a direct and rapid way.  I group the figures until I achieve a formal balance to the composition, refining the overall look of the piece rather than what story it might be telling.  At the same time, I think about each figure as a person making a gesture, and how the figures appear to interact.  This includes the beauty of a line or a curve in a single body, as well as the progression of the hands or feet through the whole composition.  My sculptures communicate on these multiple levels and invite viewers through these points of entry to find the meaning of the work to them."

Pamela Merory Dernham is an Oakland, California-based artist who exhibits nationally and whose work is collected internationally.  Currently Merory Dernham is represented by Vessel Gallery in Oakland.  In September 2011 she installed two large sculptures for the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa, Ca.  The Sonoma Valley Museum of Art presented “Go Figure”, a solo exhibit of her work in 2008.  Merory Dernham was the alternate choice for a lobby sculpture at 545 Madison Avenue in New York in 2007.  That same year she was also a featured artist at the “SOFA: Sculptural Objects and Functional Art” Exposition in Chicago, and in an exhibit devoted to wire sculpture, for the Mowen Solinsky Gallery of Nevada City. She has exhibited her work extensively in the Bay Area, including California College of the Arts (2006), San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (2005), and a solo exhibit at the di Rosa Preserve (2004).  She has also exhibited at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey, the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek, the California State Building in Oakland, Oakland City Hall, The Jewish Museum of San Francisco, and Gensler Architects in San Francisco.   She is also a guest artist at ArtHaus Gallery in San Francisco.  Merory Dernham’s work is included in the collections of Rene di Rosa, actor Gillian Anderson, Academy Award and Olympic lighting designer Bob Wilkinson, super-computer designer Walter Brooks, Robin Lail of Lail Vineyards, and international business consultant Tom Peters. Merory Dernham earned her Master of Fine Arts Degree at the California College of the Arts (CCA).  She is an active member of the Pacific Rim Sculptors Group and was also active in the Alumni Council of CCA.  She is a yearly contributor to the Art for Aids and di Rosa Preserve auctions. She is represented by Vessel Gallery (www.vessel-gallery.com, 510-893-8800.) For more information, email info@vessel-gallery.com