Pamela Merory Dernham is an Oakland, California-based artist who exhibits nationally and whose work is collected internationally. Most recently she was in the two-person exhibit “This Land We Share” at Vessel Gallery in Oakland, Ca. Vessel Gallery is one of the most attention worthy galleries of the “Oakland Renaissance” and Merory Dernham is proud to have been included in numerous exhibits there, including: “Motive,” in 2017, “Artists: Women/Making Art” in 2015, “The Human Form as Vessel” in 2013, “Ensembles & Orchestras” in 2012, and a solo exhibit “Body Language” in 2011. Recently, through Vessel Gallery, the Kenneth Rainin Foundation added new sculptures to their collection of her work.
“The Joy of Arrival,” a large-scale outdoor sculpture which is a reflection on the themes of exodus and immigration is currently on long-term exhibition at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto, Ca.
Further public works include four large scale sculptures at the Kenneth Rainin Foundation in Oakland, Ca., two of which had previously been on display at the Wells Fargo Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa, Ca.
Merory Dernham has exhibited extensively in the San Francisco Bay Area, including solo exhibits in 2008 at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art and the di Rosa Preserve in 2004; and group exhibits at California College of the Arts (2006), the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (2005), and Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey (2004).
Merory Dernham’s inspiration has always been the human figure. Her current work takes the human figure in 2 directions: first, as an allusion to landscape, and second, as a performative presence directly engaging the viewer. While based on the figure, her steel wire sculpture continues to evolve in the direction of abstraction. The figures are “stripped down” to the minimal requirements for expression through gesture.
Merory Dernham earned her Master of Fine Arts Degree at the California College of the Arts (CCA). She is an active member of the Pacific Rim Sculptors Group and was also active in the Alumni Council of CCA.