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MARIE CAMERON: Periphery

Oil on Canvas  
48 x 36 in

One of Marie Cameron’s favorite things is to have a long stretch of undisturbed time to work in her studio. Ideally, she starts full of possibility with a new canvas, reference material, creamy paint squeezed out on her palette, and clean brushes on hand. Cameron says she is at her best in the morning, so she protects that quality painting time, taking breaks in her garden to stretch her body and eyes, get some clean air and to see what’s blooming. To help keep things fresh she likes to rotate through her various series, working on something very large, followed by something very tiny, working with something very familiar, then playing with unfamiliar materials. Cameron primarily works in oil; however, mixed media assemblage and encaustic are part of her practice. Threading through her work are themes that reflect the fleeting nature of life. She brings this perspective to her environmental work and human nature pieces. Cameron had a creative childhood, inspired by and close to nature; and nature is still one of Cameron’s primary inspirations. She loves to spend time by the sea, hiking in the woods, and in her own garden, which attracts many birds and deer, reptiles and insects. Antiquing is another inspirational pursuit, as she ponders what objects can say about who we are or were. Gallery and museum going is also endlessly inspirational to her in learning how other artists approach their work, as well as in feeling connected with the art community. When asked about inspirational women, Frida Kahlo was at the top of Cameron’s list that included Maria Sibylla Merian, Ayesha Durrani, Malala Yousafzai, Michele Pred, Elizabeth Kolbert, Rachel Carson and Rachel Maddow, Greta Thunberg, Toni Morrison, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Danielle Krysa, Rina Banerjee, Pantea Karimi, Ana Theresa Fernández and Maude Lewis. Cameron draws much from Kahlo as a person, as an artist and a feminist, explaining that she loves “the way Kahlo was able to tell her personal narrative through her art in a way that was grounded in her cultural tradition but also universally accessible…she painted through pain and love, living her life as art.”

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