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About Pam MacKellar

I earned a BFA in Ceramics and then spent several years exhibiting my hand-built one-of-a-kind sculptural work in galleries nationally and participating in national fine craft shows. For the next 25 years I worked at various jobs in the library science field. About 15 years ago I found my way back to art, first concentrating on the book arts and then developing my 2-D skills, including drawing and printmaking. Executing the technical aspects that are required of printmaking while simultaneously focusing on expressing my creative ideas demands nimble right-brain and left-brain thinking. In this way, ceramics and printmaking are similar. I find these processes both challenging and invigorating.

In my current work, I use cellular shapes and their physical features as a foundation for expressing my interest in what I call "living on a cellular level." I use this term to describe the place in our minds where we have the opportunity to make choices about how we respond to an event or occurrence in life. It is a place where the ego does not interfere with our life's journey. It can also describe a state of meditation where we are undisturbed by distracting thoughts or sounds. This term could signify different things for different people depending on their own experiences. In the end, I believe that if more people practiced living on a cellular level the world would be a better place. I hope to spread this concept through my art.

I give talks about my artist books and processes, and I have taught book arts classes at the University of New Mexico Department of Continuing Education in Albuquerque, NM. I will be teaching an introductory class series in basic book arts techniques for the Santa Fe Book Arts Group (BAG) in August, 2018. Click here for more information and to sign up.