Drawings of Tools by Pamela Dodds
Respiration Masks / Mascarillas respiradores by Pamela Dodds. Graphite and watercolour on paper, 19×27 in. / 48×64 cm, 2018.
DRAWINGS OF TOOLS
1011 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
October 26 – November 23, 2019
Artist’s Statement – Drawings of Tools in Spain
Pamela Dodds: During an artist residency in Spain at Imágenes y Palabras – El Hacedor, I was provided with a large workspace in a stone farmhouse that was filled with tools and hardware collected over a lifetime. The abundance of objects of utility filled my attention, representing and embodying the work performed, now sorted and stored in labelled drawers, boxes and cabinets. The quantity of various types of tools jostled together like family members in cramped quarters, each at their designated addresses.
Using a roll of paper that I found at the back of a cupboard, I made descriptive drawings of the tools, grouping them by function, accentuating their relatedness while rendering in line and colour the unique characteristics that distinguished one from another. The objects evoked a contemplation of history, as if they held stories within them from the recent or distant past, and the people they had encountered.
Wire Brushes / Cepillos de alambre by Pamela Dodds. Graphite and watercolour on paper, 19×27 in. / 48×64 cm, 2018.
Pincers / Tenazas by Pamela Dodds. Graphite and watercolour on paper, 19×27 in. / 48×64 cm, 2018.
About the Artist
Pamela Dodds is a visual artist working in printmaking, painting and drawing. Her work explores the complexities of our human relationships and the inter-connectedness of humanity across time and space with a focus on women and women’s agency as a core perspective. The imagery often takes the form of paired female figures in an expressive environment. Dodds’s work is regularly exhibited and collected in Canada and USA and most recently in Europe.
Wrenches / Llaves by Pamela Dodds. Graphite and watercolour on paper, 16×27 in. / 41×64 cm, 2018.