Data Drawing #35-Half Moon Bay, 2016
Naturally occurring pigments, block ink, and graphite on panel
12 x 12 in.
Pamela Shipley: Data Drawings Series
January 11–March 3
Compelled by data and the ways we perceive truth and construct reality, in these works I use raw data collected from nature. Each work expresses an experience and evolves from meticulous observation. Marks note my read of the data; the result reflects the unique truth I see. My work explores a process that mimics life and our compulsion to make sense of it. Our common and yet essentially unique experience shapes our perceptions of the world. Being conscious of our inherent bias cultivates a more empathetic appreciation for our differences. While my analysis of the data directs what viewers initially see, it’s for viewers to contemplate the data in their own way.—Pamela Shipley
About the Artist
Pamela Shipley is a contemporary artist who works with natural forms of data and data from nature to inspire her work. Shipley is intrigued by ways we identify facts, how we perceive truth, how we acquire and use information, and how we construct our sense of reality. While in her work she’s been compelled by data for many years, she’s come to appreciate it differently. Earlier works reflect a more literal reliance on data as realism. Increasingly, Shipley has used the physical presence of data as a reference or starting point. She relies on instincts, experience, perceptions, and observations—unique strengths—to guide her work and reveal what she sees.
In her Data Drawings and Chromatograms, Shipley explores a process that mimics life and our compulsion to make sense of it. Our seemingly common and yet essentially unique experience shapes our perceptions of the world. Being fully conscious of our inherent bias cultivates a more empathetic appreciation for our differences. While her reading of these data certainly directs what viewers initially see in the works, it is for viewers to contemplate the data in their own way.