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Pamela Bramble and Frank Bramble: Remnants, Glyphs and Palimpsests

March 17 - May 16, 2008

Now Giatto takes the prize..., by Pamela Bramble

Now Giatto Takes the Prize...
by Pamela Bramble

Pamela Bramble hanging her artwork in the Stevens Gallery at Homer Babbidge Library, March 2008

Pamela Bramble hangs her artwork in the Stevens Gallery on March 13, 2008.

Recondite No. 1

Recondite No. 1, by Pamela Bramble

Recondite No. 2, by Pamela Bramble

Recondite No. 2, by Pamela Bramble

Homer Babbidge Library Gallery on the Plaza and Stevens Gallery
Curators: Michael Young and David Avery

Pamela and Frank Bramble will have a Gallery Talk of their artwork on Monday, April 21, beginning at 4:00 in the Stevens Gallery.

Artist’s Statement: Pamela Bramble

There are two things in particular that have influenced the direction of my work. One: the beautiful time-altered surfaces of 13th and 14th century Italian frescoes, particularly the frescoes of Giotto di Bondoni and Piero della Francesco. These paintings, made fragile by time, resonate from beneath their layers of patina with a palpable serenity. To me, they have become meditations. They are like an old lens really, through which one perceives, through dusky scratches a palimpsest of the purity of thought and intention.

The second influence: the drawings of very young children as they search along the boundary line between pictograph and the written word to define the relationship between language and image. For the artist, this is a beginning, the journey follows from this. For me, the concept of that journey and my mediations in its service must be represented in my art.

It is a central theme found in literature, film, music and the visual arts. The journey motif defies time and the bounds of culture. There is an intrinsic power to be found in it. The journey is the road that leads from thought, through search, to discovery; the destination not necessarily predetermined; the journey itself of primary significance.

My paintings are about creating a visual metaphor for my own particular travel – a visual abstraction of the thought, the search and the find. I am interested in how the process of painting—application, reduction and incising - the activity itself - establishes content. As I approach it, each painting is worked and reworked until form and content merge. Layered brushwork, the effects of paint removal, incised and inflected line, all worked back and forth into the paint, as a fully energized and sensual exploration, wet into wet, wet into dry, until the paint itself is mystery and meditation.

While each painting begins life as cluttered and full of information, eventually it becomes reduced and refined. Its worked surfaces become spaces – spaces that suggest arrested moments in time. It is at that point that the inflected lines separate out from the literal, the forms and the counterpoint collages reference a human presence, thought and choice, and the image is complete.

It is in the evolution of a painting where the residue of earlier activity on the surface maintains a presence that infuses and energizes subsequent layers of paint. The evolving surface of such a painting creates a chronology of mark-making that elicits through the determinism of process an empathetic response. Like the palimpsest, the remnants of earlier marks imperfectly erased and gone over several times, records time and activity that has ceased and is now still.


Born in the Midwest, Pam Bramble is a painter whose work is represented in public and private collections and has been reviewed by the New York Times, the Hartford Courant and Art New England. Bramble’s awards include the President’s Gold Medallion for her paintings in the exhibit Emerging Artists at The Gregg Galleries in New York City and she was the recipient of a Research Travel Grant from the University of Connecticut to study 13th and 14th century Italian frescoes.

Bramble received her MFA in painting from Columbia University and has been a professor at the University of Connecticut, Department of Art and Art History, since 1989. Her teaching specialties include drawing, painting, foundation studio and art appreciation. She has served as a juror for exhibits within the state and delivers lectures and talks on art and the artistic process.

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