|Medium||Pencil on paper|
|Dimensions||22.6 x 21 cm|
|Nominated by||Hannah O'Leary|
About the work
It is an ever-fix’d mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;”
– W. Shakespeare, Sonnet 116
This work is a small composition of “The Keeper in the Lighthouse”, a character from an ever-expanding epic narrative in my work. The world of this epic is presided over by a pantheon of ancestors, heroes, and anti-heroes and unfolds across vast, wild territories.
About the artist:
Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum’s (b. 1980, Mochudi, Botswana) multidisciplinary practice encompasses drawing, painting, installation and animation. Her work alludes to mythology, geology and theories on the nature of the universe. Sunstrum’s drawings take the form of narrative landscapes that appear simultaneously futuristic and ancient, shifting between representational and fantastical depictions of volcanic, subterranean, cosmological and precipitous landscapes.
One of Sunstrum’s most notable projects in London came in the form of a 2018 mural which wrapped around the exterior of The Showroom. The work was dedicated to South African Novelist Bessie Head and formed part of the exhibition titled Women on Aeroplanes, curated by The Otolith Group, Emily Pethick, and Elvira Dyangani Ose.
Key exhibitions and performances include: All my seven faces at Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, OH, USA (2019); Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town, South Africa; The Wiels, Brussels, Belgium (2019); Kunsthaus Zürich (2019); The Nest, The Hague (2019); Michaelis School for the Arts at the University of Cape Town (2018); Artpace, San Antonio, TX, USA (2018); The Phillips Museum of Arts, Lancaster (2018); Interlochen Centre for the Arts, Interlochen (2016); NMMU Bird Street Art Gallery, Port Elizabeth (2016); Tiwani Contemporary, London (2016); VANSA, Johannesburg (2015); Brundyn Gallery, Cape Town (2014); FRAC Pays de Loire, France (2013); the Havana Biennial (2012); and MoCADA, New York (2011).
Awards include Canada Council for the Arts, International Residency Grant (2018); Creative Alliance Multi Media Resources Project Grant, Baltimore (2010); and Full Fellowship Recipient, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2007).