Today we’d like to introduce you to De Camille.
A native Angeleno, De Camille attended the Lycee Francais at age six and went on to study art and fashion at the Paris American Academy and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris where she had a one-woman sell-out show in Montmartre. The world of the French Cabaret has continued to inspire her work. There is a sense of the collector and traveler in her work having lived abroad for five years. From the Caribbean islands of Montserrat and Grenada to Paris and Bath UK, she takes from the past to update it through her unique and quirky lens. A strong theme in her work is the iconic female form. For ten thousand years, we have been haunted and inspired by the dazzling mother/ goddess/ temptress/ angel. Her work is a synthesis of Pop Culture through a dream-like state; her technique is layered. It may start with the collaging of a blueprint and images to set the scene or create the impressions for the structure of the work. She experiments with various mediums to create altered states of texture such as; sawdust, paint medium; egg yolk; tea bags; paper; found objects.
After three successful solo shows in the past year and a half (here in LA), she has decided to transform her home into an Art Event Space.
She has converted her 3.5 cars (1,400-sq. ft.) garage into a gallery and event space which flows out into a spacious courtyard and front yard. The first show is a group show called “Suckulent” on Cinco De Mayo, May 5, 2018, from 5-9pm. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/suckulent-art-show-and-cinco-de-mayo-fiesta-tickets-44069581304.
Presently, there are over ten different artists showing; an organic tequila sponsor, Dulce Vida and mouthwatering tacos for all diets… kind of “suckulent”. Throughout the duration of each show, there will be multiple events such as Wine Tastings, Sushi events, Intimate dinner parties, as well as the Opening. Dinner parties will feature Artists’ speaking to us about their artistic process.
The first of these sit-down dinner parties is scheduled for May 15th, where up-and-coming Brazilian Chef Paula Tabalipa, will take your taste buds on a ride! Space is limited, but you can grab your spot for $85 here.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has been a wonderful adventure. I decided early on that I was in no rush to find my singular style and to try to fit into what most Gallerists are looking for in an artist. I understood it but did not want the structure. I wanted to explore and be completely free. However, I have always loved themes and often find ones with a play on words and double entendre. There is often some sexy undertone to my work.
I became a mother in 2015 and got back into my painting while pregnant. I described it to another artist yesterday, that there had been a sort of creative block up until I was pregnant and then once She started to grow inside of me and churn my root chakra, my work just started gushing out of me. I was the most prolific I had ever been. Everything came together. My ever-supportive husband helped me create the space for my studio in our garage and encouraged me to go back and take classes. I had an urgency to paint because I had this feeling that my window would evaporate after she was born. Amazingly, I was able to paint often while she slept. Now, I have two babies but still manage to get into my studio many times a week. More than anything, I want them to see my passion.
I found that I had to spend so much time searching for places to show and plant seeds that didn’t sprout into anything for up to a year. Thus, I have brought the show to me. I always think of Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland putting the show on in the barn!
Please tell us about Studio de Camille presents.
Since these shows are at our home, there will always be a warm and intimate environment. One enters through our gates of The Love Hacienda and into a new world by our design.
I love setting the scene; from preparing a feast to a painting or an ambiance. I try to find the right balance between consistency and a wow factor. However, most of the art that is chosen for these group shows are pieces collectors can easily envision owning. We always look for the unique, yet do not deny also choosing “pretty” and inspiring art. You will always find quality in the food that is prepared to the art chosen. We let someone else do the shocking and macabre.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Playing in the backyard for hours on end making big stews with all the leaves and flowers we had. There was an alchemy in all the plants at the home I was born in. Real magic took place in those stews. I still swear that I made candy on numerous occasions. (And my parents would never have slipped them in since they were anti-sugar.) ; )
I am still cooking to find more magic!
- single ticket to “Suckulent” Art Show and Cinco De Mayo Fiesta $30 till 4/19/2018
- single ticket to “Suckulent” Art Show and Cinco De Mayo Fiesta $35 4/19-5/04/2018
- single ticket to “Suckulent” Art Show and Cinco De Mayo Fiesta $40 at the door 5/5/2018
- Address: S Cloverdale Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90008
- Website: www.deCamille.com
- Phone: (310) 776-0817
- Email: Camille@deCamille.com
- Instagram: @deCamille
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/De-Camille-1226081990751875/
- Twitter: @DeCamille
- Other: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/suckulent-art-show-and-cinco-de-mayo-fiesta-tickets-44069581304