Pam Hall
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Vessels:

What follows are excerpts from various connected suites of drawings Hall created between 1989 and 1991. All of these works are mixed media on rag paper- using a range of materials including oil stick, gesso, graphite, linseed oil, chaulk pastels, charcoal and coloured pencil.

Based almost entirely on Eli's trap skiff, The Big Diesel (later renamed The Lady Tucker), they investigate these humble boats and their transformative power- to hold- to enable journey- to safely carry humans (usually men) into "territiory" where they are at risk in more ways than one. "Women do that too" Hall thought - "or might".

Many of the drawings from these series are in public and corporate collections, and Hall still incorporates Eli's trap skiff into her work from time to time.

 

Belly-bare, she rises- 1989- 30"X40"

Working Women, Harbour-side- 1989- 30"X40"
   
She contains them... ,1989, 40" X 40"

The Goddess who Mistook,#2, 1990, 44"x30"

   

The Goddess Who Mistook Her Boat for a Hat #1, 1990, 7.5 feet X 12 feet

 

 

 

 

 

the text in this work reads:

 

 

ELI BUILT
HER, PUT HER
IN THE WATER

PUT HIS LIFE AND THOSE OF HIS
SONS INTO HER SAFEKEEPING

OUT OF ONE BELLY INTO ANOTHER
FROM THE HOLD OF THE MOTHER
TO THE HOLD OF THE OTHER.

SHE CONTAINS THEM
SHE FREES THEM
SHE IS THEIR WAY

BETWEEN THE WORLDS

 

Eli Built Her, 1989, 4 panels, 44" x 30" each, overall dimensions variable.

 

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