Pamela Brabants

'Her life is like a B-grade movie'

'Pam Brabants, an Australian artist living in London, mixes autobiography and fiction that is hard-boiled and heart-rending.'   

Floating IP Gallery, Manchester

Pam is now based in Wellington New Zealand

About the work

After moving from the confines of high density London, I returned to Wellington where my drawings, almost in relation to the space around me, expanded in scale.

These large works are highly detailed. I want them to stimulate a kind of curiosity in the viewer so that on closer inspection the level of detail in the drawing becomes apparent and when this detail is recognized the work as a whole is then re-evaluated. My hope is that this engagement may slow the viewer down, so that they can experience the intensity of my labour through the detail in the drawing.

The language within my drawings continues to come from comics, as it enables me to talk about difficult subjects and play with social taboos.

As a consequence of the shift in scale, my practice has now developed two strands: smaller, narrative works and large more ambiguous pieces.

I use Fabriano paper, masses of 3B, 6B and 8B pencils, rubbers of all shapes and sizes and a beautiful hand turning sharpener.

Wellington, 2014