Pamela's ArtPrize Nine (2017) Installation

ArtPrize Nine (2017) Artist

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Let Go

September 20 – October 8 • Amway Grand Plaza Hotel

Voted Top 25 in Time-Based

ArtPrize Nine visitors interact with Let Go

ArtPrize Nine visitors interact with Let Go by casting their own crumpled note papers into it

Artist Statement

Life's ebb and flow, at one point or another, brings us to a significant place where change and transformation can occur if we let go of whatever holds us back or weighs us down—like control, expectations, toxic relationships, or fear. But if we dare to release—even the past or the present, we will experience a new level of peace and soul healing. For ArtPrize 2017, seventy-thousand visitors collaborated by writing their own Let Go notes and adding them to the work.

One participant said, “While thinking about what to write, I realized that I hadn't forgiven my dad.” The pent up anger had been festering inside of him even though his dad had been dead for thirty years. After writing a Let Go letter and forgiving his dad, this ArtPrize visitor finally experienced freedom and healing.

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Visitor writing let go note

ArtPrize Nine visitors interact with Let Go by writing their own notes to add to the artwork

Let Go at ArtPrize Nine

The 19 x 6 foot mixed media painting is made of acrylic, paper, and transparent fabric on five wood panels

Let Go filled with notes at ArtPrize Nine

ArtPrize Nine visitors wrote over 70,000 Let Go notes

Children writing notes to interact with Let Go

Children writing notes to add to the Let Go exhibit at ArtPrize Nine

Let go of hate

Judge Patricia Gardner took graduates from Girls Counseling Group (serving female youth offenders) to interact with the Let Go installation.

Let Go at Kent County Courthouse in Grand Rapids

Let Go is part of the permanent collection at the Kent County Courthouse of Grand Rapids, Michigan

ArtPrize Visitors Respond

A tearful woman whispered, “It's the hardest part…letting go.”

A middle-aged gentleman said, “I'm a new man now that I let go.”

An elderly man took out his hankie to dry his eyes and quietly walked away.

Special thanks to PlexiCase Incorporated, Lone Pine Elementary School of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Moonlight Graphics, Marijo Heemstra, Melissa Burgess, Patty Alexander, Jan VanderWal, and Denise Dickey for their valuable contributions to Let Go.

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Hundreds of thousands of individuals have participated in Pamela's hands-on installations since 2010. Drawing on her own journey towards restoration, her work continues to expand to new communities, focusing on finding solutions to life's challenges. Contact Pamela today to commission an interactive project, virtual experience, or inspiring presentation—utilizing art as a healing tool.

Pamela has been an ArtPrize artist since 2009