20 Questions to featured artist Pam Holstein.
1: Who are you?
Pam Holstein aka Miss-bugg @Mis_bugg
2: What is your background?
I studied at City College (AKA Mable Fletcher) where the best I’ve had teachers were, Middlesex Poly and the Royal College of Art.
3: Where were you born?
4: Explain your work in up to 40 words.
Printmaking and assemblages
5: How has your practice changed over time?
I started off studying 3D design, specialising in furniture, I don’t know why, that isn’t me. Then I studied ceramics and glass at the RCA, I was interested in on glaze transfers so that was the start of printmaking. Once I met Alan Birch, I became a committed printmaker (he’s another great teacher)
6: Do you have a favourite medium to work in?
7: Do you pursue any themes? If so what?
The commodification of animals/ environmental destruction (sounds gloomy but its something I feel passionately about)
8: What other jobs have you done/do you do other than being an artist?
9: What research do you do for your art?
I’ve always collected images that interest me in scrapbooks. I take photographs and also Google (who doesn’t!)
10: What makes you angry?
Destruction of the planet and the suffering this causes to its animal life
11: What is your favourite colour?
12: What is your favourite piece that you have produced?
The beetle plates I made at the RCA, 20+ years later, I’m still pleased with them
13: What music/album are you currently listening to?
Today in the car, I listened to The Fugees and Jeff Buckley
14: What makes you happy?
Not being in the office – travelling and making my work
15: What are your favourite films?
Blade Runner, A kind of loving
16: Favourite place?
That’s a tough one! Iceland for its drama, Copenhagen for its utter civilisation, Cayman for amazing snorkelling experiences
17: One or more artists you like?
Nikki De Sant Phalle, Joseph Cornell, Max Ernst, Goya
18: What is your favourite word?
19: Professionally what is your goal?
Fame & fortune! Realistically, solo shows would be good.
20: What would your dream commission be?