Pam Foley


My artwork mainly consists of abstract human figures. Sculpting primarily in clay or plaster, I aim to evoke certain emotions and experiences, commonly solitude and sorrow. 

I start by building an armature and work the material onto it to produce a lone figure that closely represents the idea or emotion. The piece is then enclosed in a rubber mould and cast using another material.

I have been greatly inspired by Judy Chicago’s dinner, which I visited in 1979. This exhibition gave me permission to combine training from my mother in ‘women’s work’, such as sewing and knitting, with more physical tasks associated with traditional sculpture. Dance and gymnastics classes, as well as anatomy lessons, gave me an understanding of balance, poise, line and the energy of the human body.

Pam Foley

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