Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Artist Profile: Pamela Price Klebaum

Pamela Price Klebaum
Ventura, CA
 1. What other ideas for this theme "rituals" did you have? My design wall hosts two pieces I started and had to suspend. Both are based on the rituals that I follow when creating a design. Lucky me, I will eventually have three Rituals pieces!

2.  Are you involved in any community or group projects where you donate your work?  if yes, what project or projects? I have donated work to The House Quilt Project for  military veterans. Creating those pieces made me very content.

3.  Do you belong to a small group of like-minded artists?  yes/no  Name/where?  What is the best part of being part of an art group? I am a member of three small art groups, Extreme Quilters (Ventura County), Fibervision (Santa Barbara County), and a group of eight (Ventura County). Cross-fertilization and stimulation are rampant, as is friendship.

4.  Are you a member of a professional art organization, such as SAQA?  Have you ever held a volunteer position in the organization, and if so, what? I am a Professional Artist Member of SAQA, and wrote and article for the SAQA Journal. I am also a member of the Surface Design Association.

5.  What is your favorite palette of colors that you use in your work?  Name 5.  Name 5 of your least favorite colors? I am in love with Chinese red and ochre. I consider black a color, so I guess I am in love with black, too. That makes three colors -- okay, add bronze and taupe, and those are my five fave colors. Least favorite? Kelly green, Army green, light purple, pink, and pink.

6.  Describe your creative work space in 20 words or less.  Are you messy or tidy? My studio is a spare bedroom with a distant view of the Pacific that keeps me calm and usually tidy.

7.  What is your creative process?  Think, draw, design, make or right to the design? I just read Jonah Lehrer's book on creativity, and found I am normal in that my design ideas usually pop up when I am in the bathtub, and not actively engaged in art-thinking! My next step is either the sketch pad or the computer or both.

8.   Is there a particular object or shape that shows up repeatedly in your work?  Why? I like figure drawing, because my figure drawing instructor was so inspirational. Figures seem to be a recurring central theme, along with digitally transformations photos of my art glass pieces.

9.   If you had to choose a favorite artist from another media, who would it be, and why? Paul Klee, because of his use of line.

10.  Have you written a book related to Art Quilts and Quilting or have an instructional DVD?  If so, can you tell us the title or titles? No.

11.  Do you make art full time?   If you have another career, would you describe what you do? and how you incorporate art into your life? I don't consider myself a full time artist, but I seem to dedicate most of my days to art. It's a way of being, really. Gardening, entertaining, art seems to drive all decisions.

12.  What is your most thrilling news to date in relation to your art quilt life? I can't get over the fact that people want my work in their homes. That really makes me smile. That, and cashing their checks to buy more stuff. 

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