Thursday, March 25, 2010

Pamela Pardue Goode - Beneath the Surface

Pamela Pardue Goode
“My preferred theme is seeing beneath the surface; consequently there are often hidden elements in my work, inviting the curious viewer to look deeper, and hopefully enticing the less curious observer to heighten that instinct.”

The creative destiny of North Carolina artist and writer, Pamela Pardue Goode, was determined by the artistic proclivities of her natal family. She refers to herself as an “artist by genetics”. The familial architects, painters, musicians and writers coaxed Pam toward the arts when she was a child, exposing her to a multitude of artistic media. That art became ingrained as an everyday occurrence and became a language that she speaks fluently. The many-talented Pam designs and creates jewelry and faux finishes. She quilts, sews, knits, and does landscape design. She also makes mosaics.

Her eye for symmetry and design resulted from the many years she spent working in her father’s architectural firm. Serendipitously, when her husband decided to open a printing company in the early 90’s, Pam became the graphic designer. Almost a decade later, she discovered mosaics.
The Happiest House

"The Happiest House Breaks Fear Apart; We Silence Witches With Our Art."

“I made my first mosaic in 1999 and fell in love immediately, not only for the ability to play with color in a new way, but for the spatial relationships that had become so deeply ingrained in me.”


Pam’s work is lyrical and energetic, rewarding viewers with an immediate, visceral sense of presence. It is filled with dynamic and interesting design relationships, color and form. She works with a variety of materials that include glass, porcelain, stone, and found objects.

My Mother Lived and Died

“This mosaic traces the concept of life from the central birth motif, through the varied passages of life, to the climb up the final mountain and release of the soul. Pieces of a woman's life (china, pearls) along with an evolutionary theme of tides, procreation (the miniature fetal-shaped snail shells), fragments of sea-tossed shell, the "sands of time," and an edging of ephemeral sea foam. The central haliotis shell, which echoes the spiral sea shapes, shelters five pink pearls, just visible through the tiny arc of holes.”

When I asked her why she makes art, Pam expressed that the need to create, to bring an element to life and to make “something” from “nothing” are the driving forces behind why she does what she does.

“Art has also been a monumental means of communication for me, as I grew up with an almost incapacitating shyness and then began to lose my hearing in college. But of course there's more to it than that, because it would be almost impossible to convey in conversation the experiential breadth that led to "My Mother Lived and Died" or "Wasteland" or even "Happiness Rains." I write a lot, and even so, I can't write the feeling, but I can build it on a piece of wedi :) “

“His piece began in a dream. Because the image was so void-like, I immediately thought of T.S. Eliot's "The Wasteland," using lines from that poem as well as from "The Hollow Men" to create the pewter spiral that crashes into the deep. The pewter letter beads read: "We are the Hollow Men; We are the Stuffed Men; Pray for us Sinners now and at the hour of our Death; Pray for us now and at the . . . " The intersecting spirals of poetry and blank, floating faces overlap to form a rough heart shape, which seems to give the mosaic a less jarring feel.”

As owner of Ciel Gallery in Charlotte, Pam presents juried international exhibitions focusing on mosaic art. Her work has been selected for inclusion in Mosaic Arts International upon three occasions, and has appeared twice in “Mosaic Art Now”, a publication featuring mosaic art across the globe. Click HERE (/) to see more of Pam’s mosaic art on her web site, “Wild Hair Mosaics”.

Stacy Alexander