Pamela Boden

03 - Pamela Boden, The Magician's Castle

Pamela Boden
English/American, 1905 - 1981

The Magician's Castle
1950
Glued wood and modeling paste
Gift of the Kathryn C. Wanlass Foundation
2019.3


Pamela Boden was born in Derbyshire, England in 1905 and moved to Munich, Germany when she was 17 to study art and music. After her education was complete, she moved again to Paris in 1927 where she took life-drawing classes and began experimenting with sculpture.

In 1945, Boden immigrated to the United States where she lived in New York City, New Mexico and finally California. Boden continued to create sculptures, typically using natural materials to portray surreal landscapes, birds and animals, and invoking a sense of motion. In 1978, a friend from Paris, Composer Peggy Glanville-Hicks, recruited ix composers to create unique scores inspired by seven of Boden’s sculptures. These sculptures were exhibited at the Australia Music Center in Sydney on rotating stands with the original musical scores playing in the background to create a multi-sensory experience for visitors.