Camille Myles - Bio, Artist Statement & CV
Camille Myles is a French-Canadian multi-disciplinary contemporary artist working in sculpture, public art, murals, installation and painting, exploring imagery rooted in capturing moments of change in our identity and within our environment. 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 is preparing for a 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. Originally from Gatineau, Quebec, she now lives along the shores of Georgian Bay, in Tiny Ontario with her husband and three young children.
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.
Chance, intuition and instinct are part of my playful process which alludes to childhood moments of freedom and creativity. In many ways, I explore themes through representational imagery of motherhood, of my children or myself to help me reimagine my own childhood and thus my future. Through my art practice, I see hope in a time when doubt easily creeps in.
Recently, I've been interested in sculpture with found objects that link to my history, combining them to create new archetypes and encouraging self-reflection with reflective materials. I rummage through garbage, look for discarded objects at antique stores or find objects on a hike that I feel connected to and help tell my story visually. I like to feel uncomfortable in front of an object, not knowing where it will lead me, then I journal about it, find links and then trust that an idea will come. When it does, I construct, assemble and cover some parts of the new sculpture with reflective paint, to bring cohesion and a sense of reflection.
Being also interested in public art as a social conversation about place and people, I've initiated the "Just a Moment" project which celebrates the different faces of motherhood to raise awareness about women’s mental health.
I’m influenced by other female installation and public art artists such as Geneviève Cadieux, Janet Cardiff, Kiki Smith, Louise Bourgeois, Stephanie Kilgast, Hugh Hayden and Mandy Cano Villalobos for their tenacity, strength in messaging and bravery.
BFA, Sculpture & Installation, University of Ottawa
2005 - 2008
MA, Heritage Conservation, Carleton University, Ottawa
2001 - 2004
1999 - 2001
DEC Visual Arts, Dawson College, Montreal
Pottery Techniques, Fergusonvale Pottery Studio, Ontario
Advanced portrait painting, New York Academy of Arts
Park Leadership Course, Canadian Parks Council
Integrated Brand Management Certificate, Canadian Marketing Association
Printmaking & Encaustic courses, Ottawa School of Art
Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal
Bursary and Internship at ICCROM (International Centre for the Restoration of Cultural Property), Rome, Italy.
Jacqueline Fry Prize
Suzanne-Rivard LeMoyne Prize
RBC Canadian National New Painting Competition Finalist
Park Superintendent, Georgian Bay Islands National Park and Beausoleil Island National Historic Site, Parks Canada, 2017-2021.
External Relations Manager, Parks Canada, 2013-2017.
Brand Manager and Corporate Identity Advisor, Parks Canada, 2009-2013
Heritage Development Officer, National Trust for Canada, 2006-2009
Teaching Assistant, Classical Studies Course in Ancient Greek and Roman Civilization, Carleton University, 2006-2007.
Public advocacy advisor and intern, ICCROM, Rome, Italy (International Center for the Restoration of Cultural Property, affiliated to UNESCO) 2006.
Multimedia technician / editor, film and video, SOMA Media, Ottawa, Los Angeles and San Francisco, 2005-2006.
Assistant Coordinator of the Contemporary Artimage gallery, Gatineau 2004-2005.
Assistant Archaeologist, Bamburgh Project, Northumberland, UK, Summer 2004.
Information Officer, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, 2003.
Gallery assistant, Center d'artistes Axene07, Gatineau Quebec, 2001-2003.
Researcher in the history of contemporary art with Dre. Anne Bénichou, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, 2002-2004.
Summer 2022 - 100' Mural commission in Midland, Ontario
February- March 2022 - Two mural commissions on the theme of playful nature at the children activity centre in Penetanguishene, Ontario. Blog about the mural experience: here
2021 - “Sown”, Public Art Sculpture for King Street in Midland, Ontario by artist team Holly Archer & Camille Myles, Fabrication Lafontaine Iron Werks, Industrial Design Jonathan Killing, https://engagingmidland.ca/sown-public-art-installation
2020 - “The Land of the White Rolling Sands”, Public art sculpture on Main Street Penetanguishene, in partnership with Lafontaine Iron Werks, Penetanguishene.
2013, Public art mural at the Gatineau Hospital (Wakefield train).
Spring 2023 - Solo exhibition/installation at Quest Art Gallery (Public Art Gallery), Midland, Ontario.
June-July 2022 - Solo Exhibit at Art Mums United
June 2022 - Art Residency at Studio H Canada International, Victoria BC
May 2022 - Group Show "Like a Mother", BHA Gallery, curated by Erika B Hess.
April 2022 - Forest Awakens Series presented as part of the group show “The World Would Wake Into Itself Again”, Quest Art Gallery, Midland.
2021- 2022 (ongoing) - Mentorship and contemporary art exhibition as part of the Art Incubator program for the Motherhood Chronicles social art project (in development), Quest Art Gallery, Midland.
2021 - "Sun, life, my lifelines", Egg Tempera on wood, members' exhibition "November Sun", December, Quest Art Gallery, Midland.
2021 - “Motherhood Chronicles: Welcome Back to Parking Lot Views”, watercolour piece in the member show “Welcome Back”, Sept-Oct 2021, Quest Art Gallery, Midland.
2020 - “Underwater at Awenda”, Zine Virtual Exhibit - Quest Art - https://questart.ca/events/camille-myles/, Midland.
2020 - “Silver Lining” art piece as part of the group installation for “We’ve Got the Silver” exhibit, Quest Art Gallery, Midland.
April-June 2015: Quest Art Gallery. Sculptural piece on the theme of Georgian Bay landscapes, Midland
November 2011: All Aboard! Oil and Encaustic paintings. Solo exhibition at the Café aux quatre jeudis, Hull, Québec.
March 2011: Reverb. Group exhibition at the Ottawa Art Gallery.
May 2009 : Forgotten Landscapes of Alberta: Finding the Wild West. Solo exhibition at the Café aux quatre jeudis, Hull, Québec.
March - April 2007 : Paysages en mouvance. Solo exhibition at Café aux quatre jeudis, Hull, Québec.
Summer 2005 : A series of seven paintings. Exhibition in the context of the Ottawa Fringe Festival, Ottawa.
April 2004 : Multimedia installation « Mythe et réalité? » Collective exhibition of the recent graduates of the Fine Arts programme at the University of Ottawa. Awarded a honourable mention for excellence.
March 2004 : Exhibition of a painting of the series « Perdus, maintenant retrouvés ». University Centre, Ottawa University.
March 2004 : Solo Exhibition at Gallery 115. Exhibition « Me, You and the Computer’, video installation, Ottawa.
September 2003 : Group show at Gallery 115. Video installation for the Jacqueline Fry Bursary, Ottawa.
September – October 2003 : Group show and silent auction at Café Nostalgica, Ottawa.
17 avril 2003 : Experimental video projection evening at Mercury Lounge, Ottawa. Televised interview with the station the New RO.
December 2002 – January 2003 : Solo exhibition at the Café aux quatre jeudis, Hull, Québec.
October 2002 : Group show at the City of Ottawa Art Gallery, City Hall, for the Canadian Art National New Painting Competition.
September 2002 : Exhibition of the finalists of the Canadian Art New Painting Competition, Place Ville-Marie, Montréal.
September – October 2002 : Solo exhibition at the Bistro le Troquet, Hull, Québec.
August – October 2002 : Solo exhibition at the Café Gaïa, Hull, Québec.
May 2001 : Group show of the graduating class at Dawson College, Montréal.
Recent volunteer experiences & artist memberships
Founding Member of The Works by I Like Your Work, Erika B Hess 2022 -
Founding Member of the Art Queens Society 2021-
Quest Art Gallery Member 2014-
Board of Directors of the Southern Georgian Bay Chamber of Commerce 2018-
Board member of the Culture Alliance of the Heart of Georgian Bay 2020-2022