Pamela Golden was born in Chicago in 1959, and studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Having lived and worked in the UK since 1989, Golden often integrates her own cross-cultural referencing into the work.
She often works in series developed from source materials, where her research is rendered through miniature paintings in oil and encaustic. Her images play with the inherent photographic qualities of their original sources and the intimacy suggested by their small scale. The practice often involves her reimagining absent or potential histories suggested by the source materials, filling in gaps to generate a strong sense of narrative. The small scale of the paintings is also an important counterpoint to the monumentality of modernism. Recent works have also engaged with a bigger scale and other media, such as video and musical soundtracks.
Golden has exhibited extensively for over 20 years throughout Europe and America; including a solo show at the Gulbenkian Foundation, Lisbon, in 2004.
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From the land of the new rising sun, 2015, Sumi watercolour and ink on Hahnemühle paper, 110 x 150 cm