Posted by KB on May 11, 2010
Though she’s well known in her home country and across Europe, British artist Pam Glew is bringing her distinctive style to Australian audiences for the first time. In her debut Sydney exhibition, Luminaries, Pam continues her love affair with the flag, incorporating images of Australian personalities with hybrid versions of the Australian flag. The space for the exhibition is as unique as the work itself, a pop-up venue in Paddington presented by Bicker Gallery. We caught up with Pam to discuss how it all fits together.
KB: You've been a practicing artist for many years now, but this is your first Australian show. What's been the deciding factor in coming here now?
Pam Glew: I worked with Dom of Bicker Gallery on a solo show in the UK two years ago, so as soon as I could I took up the opportunity to show in his Sydney space.
KB: The work you have on display seems pretty much custom built for this audience: Australian personalities on Australian flags. Is this usually the case when you exhibit outside of the UK?
PG: Not always, but despite being a British artist I usually use US flags, this time I made the flags from scratch so I made some Australian flags from denim and linen. They're mostly hybrid flags made from other flags like the Stars and Stripes and the Union Jack, so they connect with other countries’ influence too.More...