A plea for change
Crying Landscapes series
"Suck it up Buttercup" a new collage series
Our world is pleading to us, crying out to see change. Evoking a highly emotional response, these watercolour paintings reflect our environment’s plea to listen to the cries of the seemingly calm landscapes that surround us. Hope and beauty come through in the deep blue and vibrant green hues. These landscapes tell a story of change and transformation in the face of contemporary living, where our environment has become unpredictable and in distress due to human intervention and exploitation.
Featured in Art Seen Magazine, this series titled "Crying Landscapes” are watercolours on yupo paper (large and small formats) and have been created based on explorations over many months and during an art residency on Vancouver Island. They depict abstracted landscapes inspired by Georgian Bay and Coastal BC in blues and greens with simple drawing forms that bleed out on the page as they dry in a poetic and unexpected way. After visiting Old Growth logging sites, the artist was struck by the changes to the land and wanted to create imagery that reflects what remains hidden, silenced. Our relationship with ownership and control over the natural world has become a recurring theme in her work.
Shaped from memories of places travelled, the essence of the landscape becomes relatable and familiar, yet unique and undefined. Contradictions occupy the space where urgency visits stillness with flow and ease.
In her art practice, Myles is inspired by the natural world around her and its precarity - constant change and threats to our environment shape how she sees the world. She’s 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. We all need to listen a little more closely to the pleas of our natural world.
Exhibition "For the Love of Trees"
Pop-Up Gallery Experience
By Camille Myles (@Camillemylesart) & Holly Archer (@hollyarcherart)
Partnering once again, two female artists presented an independently curated art show & sale “For the Love of Trees” in July in Penetanguishene, Ontario. The artists were showcasing two bodies of work that stemmed from their love of the natural world and a plea to the public to protect that world before it's too late. Sparked from the course “Create your Own Art Show”, by Etkaterina Popova and Gita Joshi, the artists transformed a vacant retail space in the talk of the town for 2 days of art for hundreds of community members.
Myles featured a selection of work from “Crying Landscapes”, delicate watercolours on yupo paper based on explorations over many months and during an art residency in Victoria BC. They are abstracted landscapes inspired by Georgian Bay and Coastal BC in blues and greens with simple drawing forms that bleed out on the page as they dry in a poetic and unexpected way.
“I’m interested in imagery 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. We all need to listen a little more closely to the pleas of our natural world.” - Camille Myles
Archer featured a selection of paintings on canvas and paper from the “While We Were Camping”, “The Trees You’ve Never Met” and Canoe Confections” series. These pieces are fuelled by a love and nostalgia for the wild, as well as sincere hope for a future where adventure, fresh air, clear water and new life continue.
“My favourite stories capture the unexpected and bypass the void of heavy detail; my favourite art does the same.” - Holly Archer
For a more in-depth look into how this show was conceived, check out Camille’s blog “Make it happen: Launching a collection and creating a pop-up gallery experience”