Fountain of Your Youth
Bronx, New York
Pamela Council is an artist based in the Bronx, NY, who makes sculptures, prints, performances, jokes, and more. Her recent works are abstract sensual experiences that freestyle on notions of self care, estate management, personal style, and the preciousness of product. She uses a combination of artist-made and acquired materials in her work, which has been featured at Rush Arts Gallery, Studio Museum in Harlem, Williams College Museum of Art, Rebuild Foundation, and the Wassaic Project. In 2014, Council created a commissioned work for Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. In 2017, Council was an artist-in-residence at Wassaic Project, Rush, and Galveston Artist Residency. She received a BA from Williams College and an MFA from Columbia University.
Painters & Sculptors Grant, 2017
I make sculptures, prints, installations, and performances that transform materials. I’m interested in how we soothe, protect, fashion, and enhance ourselves. I freestyle with mass-produced products like sneaker rubber, beauty products, backscratchers, and crackpipes, combined with artist-produced objects made from materials such as clay and velvet—telling stories, making dedications, erecting structures, and leaving evidence.”