Pamela Council is creating inventive visual art and sculpture
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patrons
Hi! Thank you for visiting my Patreon. I appreciate your interest in my work, and your support means the most to me. My name is Pamela Council, and I am an artist. This is my full time job, and I am so grateful to be able to do what I love every day and to share it with you and the world! 

I make installations, sculptures, prints, drawings, and performances that transform materials, people, ideas, and institutions in unexpected ways. I shape familiar materials into new forms in order to tell lesser-known histories, especially from Black American culture.

I’m interested in how we soothe, protect, fashion, celebrate, and enhance ourselves. I’m thinking about things like narrative landscapes, Americana, Black Girl Magic, the animated human body, bodies of water, the pleasure principle, biomechanics, touch, finding the humor in all things, reframing history and trauma, and luxuriating. Since 2016, I have been making Fountains that playfully yet seriously splash around with elements of Black history and culture.

For example, Red Drink: A BLAXIDERMY Juneteenth Offering, a 12-foot tall concrete fountain, filled with hundreds of gallons of Big Red soda. I designed, built, and performed in this for Juneteenth this year as a dedication to the ancestors. I was inspired by my time spent in Galveston Texas, home of Juneteenth and by so many of my relatives' premature deaths from post-traumatic slave diet. Yep, that's me wading in the Red Drink


For example, Flo Jo World Record Nails, where I hand-painted 2000 replica acrylic fingernails, copying the ones that Flo Jo wore when she set the 200m world record. Speed, style, grace, and looking great winning! This piece has been talked about by ESPNThe New YorkerNAILS magazine, and other folks. It's been an honor to share this story, which continues to unfold as I work to find a new home for this important dedication:


The Flo Jo World Record Nails Boxed Set Edition is a sculpture edition that displays a single manicure set of these nails. I designed the box, reinterpreted the logo, hand-painted the nails, and created this sculpture edition. I plan to make more Flo Jo Nails editions with a newly-received blessing from the estate. As one of my Patreon patrons, you'll have exclusive access to editions like this.


So, why am I starting a Patreon now?
The big answer is, I'm doing it independently, but for my next steps, I don't have to go it alone. 

I'm really grateful that I've had the opportunity to share my work with audiences all over the USA, in museums, galleries, and outdoor spaces. It's truly been incredible to do this, without traditional gallery representation, without an assistant or team, and even without an art studio! As a storyteller, sharing my ideas is my greatest pleasure. With your support, I can continue to build a sustainable independent practice which will support me and allow my artwork to flourish, while honoring you, my patrons, with special access.  This platform ensures that you won't miss out on another moment of this journey. And as a woman of color from a working class background, your support helps me to be more selective about which institutions I work with. One of the parts of the arts that we overlook is how privileged one must be to say "no" to an exploitative situation.



It often comes as a surprise to those who discover my work that I've never had a studio of my own. (Save for a 6-week project space where I built the epic fountain performance Red Drink: A BLAXIDERMY Juneteenth Offering, pictured above!) Since earning my MFA at Columbia University in 2014, I have been been awarded over 10 artist residencies, also known as "time & space" grants. It is truly an honor to be recognized by leaders in the arts in this way. As rewarding and enriching as many of these experiences have been, there have also been real risks to my safety associated with relocating my practice across the country and living in institutionalized quarters with little funding. So, it's time for me to create a home base.

I am asking for patronage so that I can begin, finally, to work from a solid foundation. My goal is to have a studio of my own for the first time that has enough space for building indoor and outdoor installations, and to hire my first ever part-time assistant!  By having an independent studio and beginning to build my own team, I will be able to work freely and with grace, expand on my core practice, and get into a rhythm of being productive full-time, for the first time in my own space. Patreon also provides a platform and structure to ensure that you don't miss out on any more of this journey.

I believe that the stories and materials that I'm exploring through my work are unique and deserve to be shared....don't you? I mean, who else is going to make Tenderheaded, where a spinning adult toy gently laps the oily sheen of a fountain of nostalgia-scented Luster's Pink Lotion? ;) Join me on this journey as I expand my vision and the scale and scope of my practice. Thank you in advance for your support of my Black Girl Magic! 

Tiers
Well-wishers
$1.11 or more per month
Toss your coins into my fountain! Make a wish for creative prosperity. You're supporting me, and that's amazing. Thank you. You'll see my patron-only blogPLUS access to Patreon exclusive products!

• Access to all patron blog posts

• Access to exclusive Patreon shop

Curtain-peekers
$5.55 or more per month
You will get access to my 👀secret instagram 👀which will be the only place to see weird studio material videos, process images, informative posts, and the most obscure cultural finds.

• Access to all patron blog posts

• Access to secret instagram

• Access to exclusive Patreon shop

womanspreader
$12.22 or more per month
Be the first to learn about new, exclusive womanspreading editions, merch, and drawings. You'll get 10% off all womanspreading stuff and a free womanspreading sticker! At this tier, you get art! I’ll send you a signed photo print of one of my fountains. 

• Access to all patron blog posts

• Access to secret instagram

• Access to exclusive Patreon shop

• womanspreading perks - free sticker & 10% off all womanspreading merch

• Signed, numbered photo print of one of my fountains 

Nails Club
$21.34 or more per month
💅🏽Polish up! 💅🏽This tier is for all my nail art / Flo Jo lovers! In addition to having access to the exclusive shop, blog, and secret instagram, you will be the first group to learn about new, exclusive Flo Jo World Record Nails & BLAXIDERMY nails editions, products, and drawings. You'll also get behind-the-scenes updates on the Flo Jo World Record Nails project as they come! At this tier, you alsoget art! I’ll send you a signed photo print of one of my fountains. 

• Access to all patron blog posts

• Access to secret instagram

• Access to exclusive Patreon shop

• Flo Jo World Record Nails editions early access 

• Signed, numbered photo print of one of my fountains 

Print collector
$111.11 or more per month
Support my studio practice and jumpcharge your art collection with this tier!

• Access to all patron blog posts

• Access to secret instagram

• Access to exclusive Patreon shop

• All the womanspreading perks - free sticker & 10% off all womanspreading merch

• A signed, numbered photo print of one of my fountains 

• 50% off your first print or Relief work 

• 20% off your second print or Relief work

•1 One-on-one skype discussion on the concepts behind my work

Council Concierge
$150 or more per month
With this tier you get access to art purchasing power as well as my own personal digest with stories from my journey and tips on friends' upcoming shows and quirky things to see, read, and listen to in NYC and beyond.

• Access to all patron blog posts

• Access to secret instagram

• Access to exclusive Patreon shop

• All the womanspreading perks - free sticker & 10% off all womanspreading merch

• A signed, numbered photo print of one of my fountains 

• 15% off an original artwork or 50% off a print

• 10% off 1 print a month

• 1 One-on-one skype discussion on the concepts behind my work

• Exclusive PDF document or video of "Council Concierge" inspiration and travel guide every 8 weeks 

• Acknowledgment and recognition of support on my website and in publications.

Touring tier
$300 or more per month
• Access to all patron blog posts

• Access to secret instagram

• Access to exclusive Patreon shop

• All the womanspreading perks - free sticker & 15% off all womanspreading merch

• All the Flo Jo World Record Nails perks - early access to nails editions

• A signed, numbered photo print of one of my fountains 

• 20% off an original artwork or 60% off a print

• 10% off one print a month

•1 One-on-one skype discussion on the concepts behind my work OR studio visit 

• Exclusive PDF document or video of "Council Concierge" inspiration and travel guide every 8 weeks 

• Private tour of my exhibitions

• Acknowledgment and recognition of support on my website and in publications

The Council
$1,222 or more per month
All the benefits of the Touring Tier, plus I will mail you quarterly small sculpture editions (small editions of 4 or less)
Goals
4% complete
This will cover storage and administrative costs!
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Hi! Thank you for visiting my Patreon. I appreciate your interest in my work, and your support means the most to me. My name is Pamela Council, and I am an artist. This is my full time job, and I am so grateful to be able to do what I love every day and to share it with you and the world! 

I make installations, sculptures, prints, drawings, and performances that transform materials, people, ideas, and institutions in unexpected ways. I shape familiar materials into new forms in order to tell lesser-known histories, especially from Black American culture.

I’m interested in how we soothe, protect, fashion, celebrate, and enhance ourselves. I’m thinking about things like narrative landscapes, Americana, Black Girl Magic, the animated human body, bodies of water, the pleasure principle, biomechanics, touch, finding the humor in all things, reframing history and trauma, and luxuriating. Since 2016, I have been making Fountains that playfully yet seriously splash around with elements of Black history and culture.

For example, Red Drink: A BLAXIDERMY Juneteenth Offering, a 12-foot tall concrete fountain, filled with hundreds of gallons of Big Red soda. I designed, built, and performed in this for Juneteenth this year as a dedication to the ancestors. I was inspired by my time spent in Galveston Texas, home of Juneteenth and by so many of my relatives' premature deaths from post-traumatic slave diet. Yep, that's me wading in the Red Drink


For example, Flo Jo World Record Nails, where I hand-painted 2000 replica acrylic fingernails, copying the ones that Flo Jo wore when she set the 200m world record. Speed, style, grace, and looking great winning! This piece has been talked about by ESPNThe New YorkerNAILS magazine, and other folks. It's been an honor to share this story, which continues to unfold as I work to find a new home for this important dedication:


The Flo Jo World Record Nails Boxed Set Edition is a sculpture edition that displays a single manicure set of these nails. I designed the box, reinterpreted the logo, hand-painted the nails, and created this sculpture edition. I plan to make more Flo Jo Nails editions with a newly-received blessing from the estate. As one of my Patreon patrons, you'll have exclusive access to editions like this.


So, why am I starting a Patreon now?
The big answer is, I'm doing it independently, but for my next steps, I don't have to go it alone. 

I'm really grateful that I've had the opportunity to share my work with audiences all over the USA, in museums, galleries, and outdoor spaces. It's truly been incredible to do this, without traditional gallery representation, without an assistant or team, and even without an art studio! As a storyteller, sharing my ideas is my greatest pleasure. With your support, I can continue to build a sustainable independent practice which will support me and allow my artwork to flourish, while honoring you, my patrons, with special access.  This platform ensures that you won't miss out on another moment of this journey. And as a woman of color from a working class background, your support helps me to be more selective about which institutions I work with. One of the parts of the arts that we overlook is how privileged one must be to say "no" to an exploitative situation.



It often comes as a surprise to those who discover my work that I've never had a studio of my own. (Save for a 6-week project space where I built the epic fountain performance Red Drink: A BLAXIDERMY Juneteenth Offering, pictured above!) Since earning my MFA at Columbia University in 2014, I have been been awarded over 10 artist residencies, also known as "time & space" grants. It is truly an honor to be recognized by leaders in the arts in this way. As rewarding and enriching as many of these experiences have been, there have also been real risks to my safety associated with relocating my practice across the country and living in institutionalized quarters with little funding. So, it's time for me to create a home base.

I am asking for patronage so that I can begin, finally, to work from a solid foundation. My goal is to have a studio of my own for the first time that has enough space for building indoor and outdoor installations, and to hire my first ever part-time assistant!  By having an independent studio and beginning to build my own team, I will be able to work freely and with grace, expand on my core practice, and get into a rhythm of being productive full-time, for the first time in my own space. Patreon also provides a platform and structure to ensure that you don't miss out on any more of this journey.

I believe that the stories and materials that I'm exploring through my work are unique and deserve to be shared....don't you? I mean, who else is going to make Tenderheaded, where a spinning adult toy gently laps the oily sheen of a fountain of nostalgia-scented Luster's Pink Lotion? ;) Join me on this journey as I expand my vision and the scale and scope of my practice. Thank you in advance for your support of my Black Girl Magic! 

Recent posts by Pamela Council

Tiers
Well-wishers
$1.11 or more per month
Toss your coins into my fountain! Make a wish for creative prosperity. You're supporting me, and that's amazing. Thank you. You'll see my patron-only blogPLUS access to Patreon exclusive products!

• Access to all patron blog posts

• Access to exclusive Patreon shop

Curtain-peekers
$5.55 or more per month
You will get access to my 👀secret instagram 👀which will be the only place to see weird studio material videos, process images, informative posts, and the most obscure cultural finds.

• Access to all patron blog posts

• Access to secret instagram

• Access to exclusive Patreon shop

womanspreader
$12.22 or more per month
Be the first to learn about new, exclusive womanspreading editions, merch, and drawings. You'll get 10% off all womanspreading stuff and a free womanspreading sticker! At this tier, you get art! I’ll send you a signed photo print of one of my fountains. 

• Access to all patron blog posts

• Access to secret instagram

• Access to exclusive Patreon shop

• womanspreading perks - free sticker & 10% off all womanspreading merch

• Signed, numbered photo print of one of my fountains 

Nails Club
$21.34 or more per month
💅🏽Polish up! 💅🏽This tier is for all my nail art / Flo Jo lovers! In addition to having access to the exclusive shop, blog, and secret instagram, you will be the first group to learn about new, exclusive Flo Jo World Record Nails & BLAXIDERMY nails editions, products, and drawings. You'll also get behind-the-scenes updates on the Flo Jo World Record Nails project as they come! At this tier, you alsoget art! I’ll send you a signed photo print of one of my fountains. 

• Access to all patron blog posts

• Access to secret instagram

• Access to exclusive Patreon shop

• Flo Jo World Record Nails editions early access 

• Signed, numbered photo print of one of my fountains 

Print collector
$111.11 or more per month
Support my studio practice and jumpcharge your art collection with this tier!

• Access to all patron blog posts

• Access to secret instagram

• Access to exclusive Patreon shop

• All the womanspreading perks - free sticker & 10% off all womanspreading merch

• A signed, numbered photo print of one of my fountains 

• 50% off your first print or Relief work 

• 20% off your second print or Relief work

•1 One-on-one skype discussion on the concepts behind my work

Council Concierge
$150 or more per month
With this tier you get access to art purchasing power as well as my own personal digest with stories from my journey and tips on friends' upcoming shows and quirky things to see, read, and listen to in NYC and beyond.

• Access to all patron blog posts

• Access to secret instagram

• Access to exclusive Patreon shop

• All the womanspreading perks - free sticker & 10% off all womanspreading merch

• A signed, numbered photo print of one of my fountains 

• 15% off an original artwork or 50% off a print

• 10% off 1 print a month

• 1 One-on-one skype discussion on the concepts behind my work

• Exclusive PDF document or video of "Council Concierge" inspiration and travel guide every 8 weeks 

• Acknowledgment and recognition of support on my website and in publications.

Touring tier
$300 or more per month
• Access to all patron blog posts

• Access to secret instagram

• Access to exclusive Patreon shop

• All the womanspreading perks - free sticker & 15% off all womanspreading merch

• All the Flo Jo World Record Nails perks - early access to nails editions

• A signed, numbered photo print of one of my fountains 

• 20% off an original artwork or 60% off a print

• 10% off one print a month

•1 One-on-one skype discussion on the concepts behind my work OR studio visit 

• Exclusive PDF document or video of "Council Concierge" inspiration and travel guide every 8 weeks 

• Private tour of my exhibitions

• Acknowledgment and recognition of support on my website and in publications

The Council
$1,222 or more per month
All the benefits of the Touring Tier, plus I will mail you quarterly small sculpture editions (small editions of 4 or less)