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Artist Statement: Camille Martin

 

I'm a collage artist and poet based in Toronto, Canada, with roots in the American Deep South. My collage-prints have been exhibited in Canadian galleries, and my original collages and prints are owned in private collections in the United States and Canada. In addition, my collages have been featured on the covers of numerous magazines and books.

The startling juxtaposition of images is key to my work. Lautreamont, a nineteenth-century writer, described beauty as “the chance encounter of a sewing machine and an umbrella on a dissection table.” That statement, which became a sort of anthem for surrealists, speaks to me of the mysterious charm that ensues from the dialogue among the images that I marry with scissors and glue. The images might start telling a narrative, or their meaning might remain mysterious and absurd.

  It’s important for me as an artist to allow both possibilities: interpretation and mystery; narrative and an irrationality that resists narrative. The interplay of these two possibilities constitutes for me the richness and playfulness of my work. There is magic and meaning – and poetry – in both states.

 

 

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