|Nationality South African||Name Pamela Stretton|
|Born April 15, 1980 (age 35) (1980-04-15) |
Awards Absa L'Atelier 2003, 2006 and 2007( Finalist in all three years) Sanlam Vuleka 2005 (Winner) Brett Kebble Art Awards 2005 (Finalist) Spier Contemporary 2007 (Finalist)
Pamela Stretton (born 15 April 1980) is a South African artist whose work deals predominantly with the female body and its commodification, beautification, and role in popular culture. Most of her works are digital ink jet prints that combine photographic images and text; they are composites of barcodes, labels, and advertisements that create a larger image of the female form. The pieces are largely autobiographical, but also carry general themes about popular culture, fashion, health, and food. The painstaking and meticulous creation of each piece references obsessive eating disorders. Similarly, the grid mechanism portrays the pressures of conformity. Her style has been called a female version of Chuck Close.
Stretton received her Bachelor of Fine Art (with distinction) from Rhodes University in 2002 and her Master of Fine Art (with distinction) from the University of Cape Town in 2005.