Camille Myles - Bio, Artist Statement & CV

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Bio

  Camille Myles is a French-Canadian multi-disciplinary contemporary artist and conservation activist exploring imagery that is grounded in our identity and reflects our impacts on the environment. Working in public art, painting, sculpture and installation, she creates art that tells a story linked to community connection, self-reflection and the restorative effects of nature. She received her BFA in Sculpture & Installation at Ottawa University and her MA in Heritage Conservation at Carleton University. Marrying her passion for conservation and art, she has worked as an archaeologist, in artist-run centres, the National Art Gallery in Ottawa, ICCROM in Rome, Canada’s National Trust and was a Park Superintendent at Parks Canada. Myles has exhibited extensively including Quest Art Gallery, Ottawa Art Gallery, BHA Gallery, Arts Mums United, Visionary Art Collective, Arts to Hearts Project, PxP Contemporary, Ottawa Art Gallery, Gallery 115, among others. In 2022, she was invited in 2022 to join the International Broken Forests Art Collective. She has been awarded an art residency in June 2022 at Studio H Canada in Victoria BC where she developed her new painting collection of “Crying Landscapes” - a plea for change as well as “I Stand Alone” an interactive drawing installation which has being exhibited at Quest Art Gallery in August-Sept 2022. 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 Art Seen Magazine, Jealous Curator, Toronto Star, Create! Magazine, Visionary Art Collective, Arts to Hearts Project, Women United in Art Magazine and podcasts including Arts Mums United, Hot Mess to Awesomeness & CFRH. She’s won the Diamond Jubilee Medal and finalist of the Canadian RBC New Painting Competition. She’s a founding artist member of the Art Queens and The Works by Erika B Hess from I like your Work. Originally from Gatineau, Quebec, she now lives along the shores of Georgian Bay, in Tiny Ontario with her husband and three young children.

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Artist Statement

In my art practice, 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. We all need to listen a little more closely to the pleas of our natural world.

 

Whether working with reflective materials in large-scale public art projects in sculptural installations or capturing the essence and complexities of a place through painting and drawing, my work is layered with meaning, history and textures. As a conservation activist and visual artist, art that speaks to its environment and draws the viewer in as an active participant, is of particular interest to me. I use elements that combine an interest in the history of the place and its tie to the environment. I like to challenge the viewer’s perspective, incorporating components that appear to defy gravity, trick the eye, and offer elements that are ever-changing. Through reflections and distortions, my work grounds the spectator in the present, encouraging each viewer to see themselves as part of, not separate from, the story it tells. I encourage the viewer to “play” with art.

 

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.

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CV

Education 

BFA, Sculpture & Installation, University of Ottawa

2005 - 2008

MA, Heritage Conservation, Carleton University, Ottawa

2001 - 2004

1999 - 2001

DEC Visual Arts, Dawson College, Montreal

Continuing Education 

2019-2022

Pottery Techniques, Fergusonvale Pottery Studio, Ontario

2022

Advanced portrait painting, New York Academy of Arts

2015

Park Leadership Course, Canadian Parks Council

2013

Integrated Brand Management Certificate, Canadian Marketing Association

2009-2012

Printmaking & Encaustic courses, Ottawa School of Art

Awards 

2012

Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal

2006

Bursary and Internship at ICCROM (International Centre for the Restoration of Cultural Property), Rome, Italy.

2004

Jacqueline Fry Prize

2004

Suzanne-Rivard LeMoyne Prize 

2002

RBC Canadian National New Painting Competition Finalist 

Professional Experience

  • 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.

Public Art

Summer 2022 - 100' Mural commission in Midland, Ontario

July 2022 - "Just a Moment" installation, solo pop up community art event for women's mental health awareness and support

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).

Exhibitions

Spring 2023 - Solo exhibition/installation at Quest Art Gallery (Public Art Gallery), Midland, Ontario.

Aug 2022 - "Suck it up Buttercup" vintage collage series for the "Ready to Wear" International Group Show, Arts to Hearts Project.

July 2022 - "Crying Landscapes" series part of "For the Love of Trees" pop up gallery show in Penetanguishene, Ontario with Holly Archer.

July-Aug 2022 - "Dust to Life" sculpture series as part of Eternal/Ephemeral Exhibition by Visionary Art Collective, curated by PXP Contemporary.

July-Aug 2022 - "Danger in Fairyland"encaustic painting as part of the group show "The Way to Fairyland" at Quest Art School + Gallery

July 2022 - "Just a Moment" installation, solo pop up community art event for women's mental health awareness and support

June-July 2022 - "Just a Moment" encaustic painting series, 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

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