Brunel Cafe Exhibition – Pam Miller – Oxalis
Pam Miller – Oxalis
Pam has spent most of her working life teaching art in secondary schools in London and the North East – and still moderates GCSE art for AQA examining board. She gave up teaching three years ago to concentrate on her own art work and related pursuits.
Her reconnection with her own creativity began with walks along the banks of the river Thames around Rotherhithe, where she has lived for over 20 years.
Mudlarking on the ever-changing shores she found hundreds of broken clay pipes and – fascinated by their shapes, textures and patina – began to collect and use them in her work. She combined them with acrylic colours, wood, papers, inks and adhesives to create collages. Landscapes, patterns and river-like abstract forms emerged.
Discovering that the pipes, an early disposable artefact, dated back to the 18th and 19th centuries and possibly earlier to Elizabethan times, Pam looked around for other timeworn treasures to inspire her.
Whilst property development now dominates the Thames around Rotherhithe, not long ago the area was a desolate landscape of abandoned cement works and factories. Pam began to pick up and recycle fragments of pottery, glass and iron ore, eroded and patterned by the tides and deposits from industrial waste. Developing this use of found objects has deepened the visual, tonal and textural complexity of Pam’s work.
Pam has been inspired by many artists, including Turner, Gauguin, Cezanne, Howard Hodgkin, Richard Long, Anthony Gormley and Anish Kapoor. Her work’s meditative quality reflects her involvement in yoga, which she has practised for 15 years. Her outstanding influence, though, is the painter Matisse,
for his unsurpassed use of colour, form and patterns.
Decorative, colourful, restful and pleasing to the eye, and ideally suited for the home, all work is priced mounted and/or framed, as seen – complete and ready to hang.
Since joining a watercolour class at Morley College in 2009, Pam has begun to explore this medium which allows her to return to her love of painting. She is delighted by the immediacy of watercolours and enjoys the versatility of the paint to deliver quick studies and ideas, as well as the ability to work up and rework more in depth pieces over a period of time. Pam is relishing this period of discovery and hopes you enjoy her new work.
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The Brunel Museum
The Museum is an educational charity run by volunteers and tells the story of one of the world’s great engineering dynasties. Brunel organised the world’s first underground concert party here in 1827, and the Museum celebrates and interprets music and theatre as well as engineering.
The Brunel Museum Cafe gallery
The recently refurbished Brunel Museum Café sells tea and coffee and delicious cakes by Kai’s Kitchen. Open Museum hours. The Café is also a gallery and hosts a series of exhibitions by talented local artists and photographers. The Brunel Museum Cafe offer free entry to see the exhibition with the option to visit the museum and discover what makes Brunel one of the most famous engineers in British History.