Pamela Joseph, ‘Censored Tea Time by Metzinger’, 2013, Francis M. Naumann Fine Art

About Pamela Joseph

Multimedia artist Pamela Joseph is best know for her interactive series "The Sideshow of the Absurd" (2001-08), which encompasses hundreds of drawings, installations, and large scale moving sculptures referencing early 19th-century “freak shows”. It centers on the absurdity and violence inherent in a spectacle-driven society that values youth and beauty over truth, female power, and resilience. For instance, The Hundred Headless Woman (2001-06), titled after Max Ernst's novel of the same name, consists of kitchen cutting boards burned with images of women in perilous situations. According to Joseph, they recall "the invincible and sexy magician’s assistant who is sawn in half, turned into an animal and back, or stabbed with a knife. The heroine is always smiling, and she always survives."

American, b. 1942, New Haven, Connecticut, based in Aspen, Colorado