For me, the psyche is a metaphor and a testimonial, the culmination of our personal experience and history.
As the third girl in a turbulent Iraqi Jewish family from Bombay, I felt impelled to explore the psychological legacy that shaped my perceptions, identity, and motivations. My work examines these cultural and family dynamics, with themes of vulnerability, rebirth, gender relationships, and social convention emerging across several series.
My practice encompasses two- and three-dimensional disciplines, including drawing, painting, photo-based imagery, and sculpture; the techniques are often integrated and combined with a variety of materials, found objects, and ready-mades which form layers of meaning.
Award-winning artist Camille Eskell exhibits her work extensively in solo and group shows throughout the U.S. and abroad, including Wales, Mexico, and South America. Notable exhibitions are the recent Fountain Art Fair New York 2014, The New Yorkers at Arthaus gallery/San Francisco, as well as A Book About Death at MOMA/Wales, Verge Art Fair/ArtBrooklyn (NY), Black Madonna /HP Garcia Gallery (NY), The Bold 1980’s: A Collector’s Vision at The Chrysler Museum/(VA), and Innocence and Experience at the Greenville County Museum of Art/(SC). Traveling group shows include Lines of Vision: Drawings by Contemporary Women, which was seen at contemporary art museums in Mexico City, Bogota, Columbia, Caracas, Venezuela, and more, as well at venues throughout the United States. Beyond Recognition toured throughout New England. Eskell has exhibited with artists Louise Bourgeois, Kiki Smith, Miriam Schapiro, Carolee Schneemann, Komar & Melamid, Donald Baechler, Walt Disney, and many others.
Eskell’s work is in public and private collections, including the Chrysler Museum of Art/(VA), MOMA/Wales, the Housatonic Museum of Art, (CT) and the Islip Art Museum (NY), and the Westport Permanent Collection (CT). She has received reviews in numerous publications, such as The New York Times, D’arte magazine, Art New England, The Examiner and Artslant online. Among her awards are fellowships in drawing and painting from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Connecticut Commission on the Arts, and residencies at Weir Farm/National Historic site and the Vermont Studio Center. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from Queens College/CUNY, and lives and works in the greater New York area.
Fem-FragmentsJanuary 8th - February 19th, 2017
Curated by Corrine Gordon & Charlotte Mouquin