My work explores duality, transformation, and transcendence in mixed-media series and installations that use the damaged body as metaphor and testimonial.
Some time ago, I became absorbed with how familial and cultural dynamics shape our perceptions, motivations, and lives. I began to synthesize a personal history of trauma and redemption to express inner states of being: contradiction, containment, appearance and reality became some of my recurring themes.
Integrating opposites formally as well as psychologically, I combine 2- and 3-dimensional techniques with emphasis on a specific medium in each body of work. With drawing remaining a constant component, sculpture, painting, or print elements are juxtaposed with an unlikely mix of ready-mades, found objects, natural materials and fabrics; the design and presentation of the work varies depending on the series, often mimicking other formats to underscore or undercut meaning.
Camille Eskell exhibits her work in solo and group shows throughout the U.S. and abroad. Venues include HP Garcia Gallery, Denise Bibro, Gallery, NY, The Chrysler Museum, William Benton Museum of Art, Stamford Museum, New Britain Museum of American Art, Queens Museum, Grand Rapids Art Museum, Greenville County Museum of Art, the Museo de Arte Moderno (Bogota, Columbia, & Mexico City), Museo de Art Contemporaneo (Caracas, Venezuela). Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Art New England, The Hartford Courant, The Stamford Advocate, and Arts magazine, among others, and is in many private and public collections such as the Chrysler Museum of Art, the Housatonic Museum of Art, and the Islip Art Museum. Among her awards are grants from NY Foundation for the Arts, the CT Commission on the Arts, and residencies with the Weir Farm Visiting Artist Program and the Vermont Studio Center. She holds an MFA &BFA from Queens College/CUNY.