The environment around me inspires and challenges me. This body of work is where I explore the relationship between humans and the natural world. It has evolved from my previous work in landscapes and the human figure. It has felt like a natural progression to combine them in a series of works delving into my felt connection to the earth as a living entity.
I am been impressed with the interdependency of living things-humans included. Some of my inspiration comes from my practice of knitting. As I knit, turning string into cloth, I become aware of how the transformational process is everywhere. Sheep eat grass, fed by the sun. We gather the wool and knit the sun into garments that keep us warm.
This is the place farming has for me and for my art practice. They feed each other.
I decided some time ago I don’t have to choose between being a farmer or an artist. So I do both. And they feed each other.
Pamela Swainson was born in Manitoba and made her way East to attend the Fine Arts Program at Mount Allison University. As with many women, her art practice was shared with a career in health care and family commitments. Since 2007, she has grown her art practice resulting in a number of one person and group shows, private and public commissions. Her work often reflects her attachment to place, local living, and the human relationship to the natural world. She lives on a small organic farm near Earltown, in the Cobequid Mountains with her partner and an assortment of furred and feathered creatures.