Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum, ‘Polyhedra’, 2016, Tiwani Contemporary
Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum, ‘Polyhedra’, 2016, Tiwani Contemporary
Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum, ‘Polyhedra’, 2016, Tiwani Contemporary
Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum, ‘Polyhedra’, 2016, Tiwani Contemporary
Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum, ‘Polyhedra’, 2016, Tiwani Contemporary
Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum, ‘Polyhedra’, 2016, Tiwani Contemporary

About Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum

Driven by a fascination with ancient mythologies and scientific theories, Sunstrum muses on the origins of time, geological concepts, and ideas about the universe. Her works on paper, large-scale installations, and stop-motion films are rooted in autobiography, addressing the development of transnational identities, human connections, and cross-border rituals. Having lived in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the United States, Sunstrum developed an alter-ego, Asme, to convey her unfixed, evolving selfhood. The image of Asme is often superimposed with overlapping gestures as a means of suggesting compounded time, illustrating her universal, atemporal existence. Sunstrum’s landscapes also expand on themes of timelessness; she reconstructs sites both real and imagined to reveal the small scale of individuals within the vast universe, a concept that is reminiscent of 18th-century notions of the sublime.

Botswanian, b. 1980, Mochudi, Botswana, based in Johannesburg, South Africa