I feel I’ve lived a thousand lives and have another thousand left to live. I bounce around a variety of media, but what remains unchanged is my search for the beauty in the uncomfortable. Attracted by contradictions and juxtapositions, I play with colour, form and material that creates that sense of discomfort and plays with the viewer about their own reality. I’m particularly interested in understanding our own impacts in this world, whether on our natural or social environments. Whether working with reflective materials in large-scale public art projects or capturing the essence and complexities of motherhood in selfie portraits in oil and encaustic, my work is layered with meaning, history and textures.
Camille Myles is a French-Canadian multi-disciplinary artist that just can't get enough of nature - elevating her practice through notions of conservation action and contemporary motherhood. Whether painting, sculpting or through collage, art that speaks to its environment and draws the viewer in as an active participant, is of particular interest to the artist. Trained classically in Fine Arts, archaeology and conservation, she received a visual arts diploma from Dawson College (2001) in Montreal, a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts (2004) from Ottawa University and a Masters Degree in Heritage Conservation from Carleton University (2008). Constantly re-imagining herself and pushing her own boundaries, he has also pursued an engaging career as an archeologist in England, a conservation professional in Rome and a brand manager and conservation professional at Canada’s National Trust and Parks Canada. She’s worked at museums, artist run centres and non-profit advocacy organizations which has informed her artistic practice.
In 2012, Camille was honoured to receive the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. She was also a finalist of the prestigious RBC Canadian Art New Painting Competition (2002). Being drawn to the power of public art as a social community conversation, the artist has been exploring murals and large-scale public art sculptural installations in Midland (2021) and in Penetanguishene (2020). Originally from Gatineau, Quebec, she now lives along the shores of Georgian Bay in Ontario with her husband and three young children.