A Story of Seven Sister: A Tongva Pleides Legend

By Pamela Marx

Illustrated by Debra Vodhanel

Published 2010 Malki-Ballena Press

About The Artist


  Artist Statement:


Process oriented and abstract, my work is driven by emotion and intuition. It's a response to the chaos that each of our macro and micro worlds contain. I want to make sense of how the world presents itself to me, rethink my assumptions. I yearn to make something beautiful and boundless, something courageous, not easy, something good,


I don't start with a conscious subject matter.  I pour, scrape, brush, draw, wipe, and otherwise manipulate luscious liquid colors on the surface of my work. I watch for shapes, hues, and textures that spark recognition, that with coaxing will coalesce into an image whose meaning hovers just below conscious identification. I am looking for something I have not seen before. Something with a meaning that can change per viewer and over time.


Challenge, calculated chance, and luck are all part of the process. It is not quite a straight, logical path from inception to resolution. It gets messy, disquieting, and, if the work succeeds, satisfying: a calming recognition of something that I yearn toward knowing.


I work primarily with oil paints on gessoed wood panels and stretched canvas. Sometimes I also throw coffee, furniture polish, eggs, paint remover, gravel, latex, dry pigments, and linen into the mix.  


Some panels are meant to be exhibited flush to each other, either horizontally or vertically, jelling into a work larger than you can take in all at once, meant to be scanned over time. 

2’ x 4’ is my common size for individual panels, both horizontal and vertical.


Education: 

I was trained as a painter at:

Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux Arts: Atelier M. Nallard, Paris, France

Art Center College of Design: Pasadena, California

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture: Skowhegan, Maine

I have a B.A. Degree in Philosophy (U.C. Santa Cruz) and a M. A. Degree in Human Development (Pacific Oaks College). 


Exhibitions: 

"Let's Hang@ArtShare Salon" Group Exhibit: ArtShareLA; Los Angeles, California

"Vs." Group exhibit: Gallery 825; Los Angeles, California 

August 17 - September 6, 2019

"Out There" Group exhibit: Gallery 825; Los Angeles, California

June 22 - June 28, 2019

"Perimeter VII" Group exhibit: Art Share LA; Los Angeles, California

November 10 - December 1, 2018

"Summer Salon" Group Exhibit: Art Share LA; Los Angeles, California

June 16 - July 10, 2018

"Out There" Group exhibit: Gallery 825; Los Angeles, California 

June 8 - June 15, 2018


Contact:

debrajoanvodhanel@gmail.com

Instagram:

#debravodhanelpaintings