Pam Debenham: Fall from Grace
Born in 1955, Pam Debenham was primarily influenced by the distinctive cultural milieu of 1970s. The art sphere of the 1970s was epitomized by a desire to evolve and strengthen itself, as a reaction to the many conflicts of the previous decade. One of the most central movement of the 1970s was Conceptualism, which emerged as an offshoot of Minimalism, while the experimental, creative journey of Process art materialized by combining essential aspects of Conceptualism with further reflections on art itself. The earliest ideas of environmentalism bounced from Land Art, which took art into earth itself, carving the land and bringing art to the outdoors. For the first time since the regression of Abstract Expressionism, Expressive figure painting slowly resurfaced and regained its status, especially in Germany through the works of critically acclaimed figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. The city of New York persisted as the most prominent artistic hub of the decade, with global artists drifting through the downtown scene, visiting bars and art galleries, strengthening the idea of New York City as a cosmopolitan and refined cultural capital. Artists such as Jannis Kounnelis, Mario Merz, and Michelangelo Pistoletto attained worldwide success, as they were widely accepted as renowned members of the Italian movement Arte Povera, critically acclaimed in the 1970s.
The Work of Art
Fall from Grace is a wood-block created print produced and published for the portfolio, 'the land' in 1992. The work of art shows something akin to a chimney with designs emitting from it. Contemporary and abstract, the work is very colourful with a great deal happening in the image. Many of Pam's works focus on environmental and political issues. Pam designed the leading poster for the Tin Sheds Exhibition, Under a Hot Tin Roof in 1995.