Pamela Blotner is an artist and educator who lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. In her Berkeley studio, she creates sculptures and drawings reflecting on humankind’s relationship to nature, animals, science, and calamity. Her early experiences as a sculptor/illustrator for the Houston Zoological Gardens, in Houston, Texas, and her later work with Human Rights Watch, Physicians for Human Rights, the UC Berkeley Human Rights Center, Art for Conservation and the Leatherback Trust set her course toward and continue to influence her aesthetic and practice. Her sculpture, drawings and installations have been exhibited in Europe, Asia, Africa and throughout the United States.
"My wood and mixed media sculptures and drawings explore humanity’s relationship with the gods, with tradition, with science and nature through both functional objects and symbolic forms. My newer sculptures often include hand-felted wool, an evocative material that, with its long and varied multicultural history – drives both their form and content.
My work has always been concerned with mythology and belief and where they intersect with human experience. I am also interested in stories, folk stories, urban stories and the wisdom that is passed down from one generation to the next, textured by landscape, heritage, and belief, that shapes and maintain a culture and ensures its continued survival."