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"JUST A MOMENT" PORTRAITS OF MOTHERS - 3D virtual exhibition by Art Mums United

"JUST A MOMENT" PORTRAITS OF MOTHERS

Di, 06/21/2022Di, 07/05/2022

curated by:

ART MUMS UNITED
is proud to present

"JUST A MOMENT" PORTRAITS OF MOTHERS
a solo exhibit by

CAMILLE MYLES

ARTIST BIO

Camille Myles is a French-Canadian multi-disciplinary contemporary artist and conservation activist exploring imagery rooted in gender roles, identity, motherhood and the environment. Working in media including collage, encaustic, painting, sculpture, printmaking and installation, she creates art that tells a story linked to childhood, self-reflection and our impact on this world. She received her BFA in Sculpture & Installation at Ottawa University and her MA in Heritage Conservation at Carleton University. Myles has exhibited extensively including Quest Art Gallery, Ottawa Art Gallery, BHA Gallery, Arts Mums United, Gallery 115, among others. She has been awarded an art residency in June 2022 at Studio H Canada in Victoria BC. Being drawn to the power of public art as a social community conversation, the artist has been creating murals and large-scale public art sculptures in Midland and in Penetanguishene. Her work has been featured by the Jealous Curator and podcasts including Arts Mums United, Hot Mess to Awesomeness & CFRH. She’s won the Diamond Jubilee Medal and finalist of the Canadian New Painting Competition. She’s a founding artist member of the Art Queens and The Works by Erika B Hess from I like your Work. Originally from Gatineau, Quebec, she now lives along the shores of Georgian Bay, in Tiny Ontario with her husband and three young children.

ARTIST STATEMENT

"Exploring public art, encaustic, painting, collage and sculpture, I have found my artistic voice through a deep connection to nature, self-reflection and conversations about the human experience. I'm inspired by the natural world around me and its precarity - constant change and threats to our environment shape how I see the world. I’m interested in imagery and landscapes that remind us that our time on this Earth is finite, that everything comes back to a natural state of being. From decay and change we find new growth and hope. I also identify with the hidden struggles of contemporary motherhood and have been focused on visually connecting to simple everyday nostalgic and playful moments.

Whether working with reflective materials in large-scale public art projects, found readymades in sculptural installations or capturing the essence and complexities of motherhood in portraiture, my work is layered with meaning, history and textures. In my art, I enjoy challenging the viewer’s perspective, to bring in refraction, reflections and shadows that are mere distortions of reality. In essence, I enjoy storytelling about place, memory and linking that to my own personal journey.

I’m influenced by other female installation and public art artists such as Geneviève Cadieux, Janet Cardiff, Kiki Smith, Louise Bourgeois, Barbara Kruger, Guerrilla Girls and Mandy Cano Villalobos for their tenacity, strength in messaging and bravery."

ABOUT THE SERIES

This series, titled “Just a Moment”, I portray contemporary mothers in a raw, intimate and authentic way. While I was going through mental health struggles after my third child and balancing work and family obligations, my life was spiralling. One day, I stared at a simple portrait of my grandmother with her eyes closed which I had painted more than a decade earlier and it struck me - I understood what she went through and felt connected to her in an intimate way. I had to go back and create art again.

Stemming from the need to connect with others and my art while going through this time, I asked mothers on social media to take a moment for themselves to reflect and share with me a selfie with their eyes closed. I was overwhelmed with the response. I received over 100 private messages with testimonials on the inner struggles of contemporary motherhood, a discussion not normally presented on curated social media pages. I took these reference photos and started to reconnect with myself and my art practice in a healing journey of self-discovery. For this series of encaustic on wood panels, I wanted to elevate the simple selfie in a dramatic way, scratching, revealing surfaces and new meaning. I use photo-transfers on the hot wax and remove the paper revealing only the ink on the surface on the painting. Wanting to tie the idea of connection and support between mothers and their families, I brought in the imagery of mushrooms, vines and feathers that refer back to connection with deeper roots, where life seems fragile but continues to grow and regenerate. This process with encaustic has been a way for me to physically and spiritually connect with others mothers and to know I’m not alone, we are all here facing some of the same issues and we just need to take a moment for ourselves.

Website: www.camillemylesart.com
IG: @camillemylesart

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