Camille Sowell utilizes pen, felt marker, and oil/acrylic paint in the creation of her art. Growing up in Thomasville, Georgia, she was consumed by creating and often participated in her local fairgrounds art competition, winning first and second prize consecutive years. By being involved in her community's art culture, she felt her work had the potential to touch wider audiences and would later be involved in juried exhibitions and collaborative art shows. Currently she lives in Valdosta, Georgia where she attends Valdosta State University and will receive her Bachelor’s of Art in Art. In the future, Sowell will continue her portrait commission based work as well as explore being a self-employed artist with her many creative outlets.
I consider myself a people-watcher. I enjoy investigating the reasons why people do the things they do, paying attention to the emotions that fuel their actions. In response, the art I make focuses largely on the concept of nostalgia and its seemingly universal way of causing simultaneous happiness and sadness. This can be caused by memories of people, familiar environments, or a wispy longing for another time. Everyone can conjure a nugget of nostalgia from within themselves, and those sentiments can often be shared throughout a generation. That unique, fervent feeling that comes from digging through other lifetimes captivates me, and inspires me to unearth those moments and put them on display. While sometimes this can unlock a flood of experiences to be waxed on with friends, it also serves as a way to confront and consider harder times in one’s past. I explore this somber phenomenon between the past and the present by recalling those memories that have the power to embolden or dishearten -and sometimes both.
I’ve utilized a host of media while expressing the distinctive feeling of nostalgia. My ceramic work has the capacity to bring those echoes of another time into the round, making physical interactions with these recollections more real and tactile. Similarly, I create sculptural jewelry that allows me to proudly wear my past. These works are inspired by my life long experiences in New Orleans, Louisiana, where I have experienced the comfort of childhood morph into the colder realities of adulthood. My prints give me multiple opportunities to fine-tune my intentions so I can capture this emotion in the purest way. By using saturated colors, whimsical exaggeration and candid imagery, I invite the audience into my view of one of the most intense emotions. Much like how one's childhood memories feel bigger and more extreme through the lens of retrospect, my art brings those magnified moments from the deep, dark back of the head and brings them to life for confrontation.
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