Pam Bowman was born in 1953 and grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. She has lived in Utah, Florida, Colorado, Ohio and Jiangsu Province, China. She received a BA in Interior Design in 1977 and a Master of Fine Arts with an emphasis in sculpture and installation from Brigham Young University in 2005. During the time period between formal training she was a stay-at-home mom. Because of this her work pushes against autobiographical memories of domesticity. The complexities and ironies of women’s choices elicit divided feelings, yet she reveres the role of caregiver in the home. She strives to express this value by creating metaphorical environments that are spiritual and contemplative. Pam’s work is intended to assist not only her but also others in defining relationships and place. Pam Bowman has exhibited her work extensively throughout Utah, and in California, Arizona and Nanjing, China. She married Jerry Bowman in 1977 and together they have raised three sons. They currently reside in Provo, Utah.
Bachelor in Interior Design at Brigham Young University; Master of Fine Arts emphasis is sculpture and installation at Brigham Young University
Pam uses a variety of mediums, primarily installation, to express the value of the human experience. The learning and progression that are possible within one’s lifetime is a recurring theme. She is also interested in the rhythms, routines and rituals of life. Her work reflects life experiences, addresses the space of home, and attends to the rhythms of daily living. These are visually communicated through process and materiality. Pam uses repetitive and labor-intensive processes to portray the tasks of living; the steady and continual efforts of life. An integral part of the work is the compulsive nature of process – repetitive methods symbolic of memory, ceremony, and ritual. Materiality is one of the most obvious things about her work. She is attracted to natural materials and fibers – materials that relate to the earth and the lives of women throughout time. The gathering of materials is both intuitive and compulsive, yet the choices are carefully made in order to reinforce concepts and give meaning to the work.