THE BLUNT VERSION
Let’s face it — I’m a color slut. Growing up I reluctantly named a favorite color, but one day I threw favoritism and singularity aside and my mantra became “ALL THE COLORS! ALL THE COLORS!” It takes me days to select the palette for my next mosaic, casually walking by with sidelong glances to see if the current assortment leaps out at me or simply serves as boring background. I want the leaps, the brazen, the WAKE-UP raucous combinations that stop you in your tracks and make you rethink your life.
So yeah, I’m a little bit obsessive.
As a mosaic artist, my daily job is to create art based on a fluid and ever-changing concept while using fixed, unyielding, hard as rock materials that I must shape to my will. It seems quite counter-intuitive. Stubborn and recalcitrant, in fact — a match made in heaven.
I like the hard stuff, and if it isn’t hard, I make it hard. I’ve been known to pattern a three-sided cut that measured 1/4 inch on its longest side. I’ll chop bits off of perfectly good materials so they look rough … and real. I live in bandaids.
And as much as I love the hand-chopped half-inch thick glass poured in Italy and shipped to my doorstep, I’m just as likely to squeal with delight over a piece of artfully mangled copper wire plucked from a city parking lot. Life isn’t always pretty — but it’s always interesting.
It’s probably no real surprise to anyone that my two earliest art influences were both obsessives who collected and created with trash. Glittery trash. Treasure indeed.
THE WORDY VERSION
Pamela Goode is a mosaic artist based in Charlotte, North Carolina. As a creator of fine and functional art, installations, and community projects, she works with a variety of materials, including Italian and Mexican handmade glass, stained glass, porcelain, stone, and found objects. Known for her sense of whimsy and color, Pam's mosaics transcend the subject at hand and go straight for the heart. "My goal is to bring a sense of joy, wonder, or peace to viewers. It isn't enough for me to create a mosaic; I need to create a mosaic that sings, that resonates." Her work has been selected for inclusion in Mosaic Arts International four times, and twice in Mosaic Art Now, a publication featuring mosaic art across the globe.
Immersed in mosaics since 1999, Pam founded Ciel Gallery in 2008 in an effort to provide exhibition opportunities for mosaic artists across the globe. Now an art collective focusing on local artists working in every medium, Ciel continues to present juried exhibitions, classes, and special events.
An avid traveler, Pam is most inspired by being in unfamiliar surrounds where every sight, every thought, is new. "I see everything differently -- feel everything differently -- and the ability to communicate my own transformation though art thrills me." In 2012 Pam founded Mosaic Art Retreats, offering international art tours and workshops. In 2017 she founded Wild Hair Adventures with painters Jean Cauthen and Laura McRae Hitchcock, broadening options for artist travelers.
“For me, art is an opportunity to capture a pivotal moment of epiphany that can’t be adequately expressed in words. For most of my life I’ve been a silent observer, and I’m deeply struck by the philosophical implications of everyday events and assumed happenstance. Through art, I hope to capture and momentarily magnify archetypal awakenings that resonate with the human spirit.
I’m drawn to create with mixed materials because I want, above all, to create as large and as full an image as I can manage. I pull from the miscellanea of life — sometimes messy, sometimes arbitrary, always fascinating, always more cluttered than we had hoped. I don’t feel I can fully evoke the “real” without an intense and sometimes slightly wayward compilation. For me, the complexity of a moment spotlights the achingly poignant.
The pruning and fitting together of disparate materials becomes an ordering of my own thoughts, emotions, and priorities, and allows the finished piece to serve as a kind of talisman along the path.”