Pamela Braun originally from
San Antonio, Texas motivated by the prodigious rainforest environment
immigrated to Belize in 1990 to paint natural spaces that are being
extinguished in the Americas.
The universality of her art
is rooted in nature. Believing that when art is true, it is one with
nature, the secret of primitive art.
Guillermo Gutierrez Nieto
author of Belize Art Panorama of the Arts in Belize , Ediciones Pleamar,
Mex,2001 says about Pamela,
" Her principal expression
medium is painting utilizing mostly oil, she also works with mixed
materials and with huge spaces painting murals.
A quick look to her
works could suggest to us only reproductions of something obvious in
this country. Nevertheless, if we watching them with detail, we can
discover a thorough technical process which ends in a perennial
vividness reflected in the natural elements that she integrates.
The mixed works of Pamela
Braun have implicit one of the dilemma that most of the artists affront,
the social compromise. In that sense, through the pieces of old
newspapers , Braun invokes the deep difference between the natural
harmony and the villainess of some human acts. Maybe for this reason,
the works are a kind of call toward the improvement of our spiritual
health if we look again to the nature."
Andrew Steinhauer art critic
and editor of the Belize Times says,
"Pamela Brauns' paintings are passionate love affairs with the act of painting. Whatever
direction her iconography takes, Brauns' multifaceted technical finesse
makes her Belize's "painters' painter." Her 'touch' covers the
waterfront, from wispy and delicate to bombastic and overbearing at the
same time the mood of her work shifts from unbridled emotionalism to
pensive contemplation of semiotic incongruities to wry double entendres.
A series of still life fruit
studies have their double entrendre roots in Georgia O'keefe and Judy
Chicago's floral studies, which were debatably not about flowers at
all. likewise there might be more than fruit in those paintings
Braun also uses mixed media,
painting and attached objects to investigate semiotic dichotomies
between image and signifier.
expressionistic-metaphysical paintings. through no matter which style is
focused on, there is one cohesive common denominator in her work and
that is her unbaised joy in the painting process. Pamela Braun's
paintings are passionate love affairs with the act of painting. Her
figurative work displays a brazen relish in the tactility of paint, the
vibrancy of color and the emotional expression that can be achieved
within the paint medium.
Braun's images are rendered
in a highly physical, gestural style. she's not afraid to distort the
figure and go to proportional extremes in her quest to capture something
as mercurial as the human psyche on the verge of neurosis on canvas.
Pamela has a sensitivity and
feel for the physicality of paint that is head and shoulders above the
rest. She has a light hearted, highly nuanced touch that is counter
pointed by a meticulous intellect. Her work is both whimsical and
serious simultaneously. There is a tactility to her pieces that raise
it above the parameters of conventional still-life.
Some of her work is bland,
tenaciously traditional; while other pieces are dizzying displays of
visual-verbal double entendres. When Braun lets it all hang out, the
conceptual vigor of her paintings are in a league of their own.
There are no limits to her technical skills. Braun is the glaze master
par excellence. She slings paint around the canvas with the athletic
finesse that Venus Williams bops the ball around the tennis court. Both
have deadly accuracy and a delicately muscular style. "