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Ochra et Nigreos Collection: Compositio II

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Ochra et Nigreos Collection: Compositio II Drawing

Joyce Camilleri

Malta

Drawing, Mixed Media on Paper

Size: 22.1 W x 29.9 H x 0.2 D in

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This artwork makes part of a body of work produced during an artistic residency that took place at MUZA, the Malta National Community Museum in Valletta between the 23rd April 2021 and the 30th May 2021. This five week artist in residence programme celebrated the colours, timbres and hues that have resonated in my artistic practice for the past two years. Ochres and blacks are in fact the two starring elements that were overtly auditioned and thoughtfully selected to impart my visual narrative of line and form on an otherwise empty space. Nigreos appears in the first act with its bold velvety blacks that wander along the surface of the paper, setting a veil of darkness on the underlying white surface. And yet there are spaces that are forbidden to Nigreos; spaces that crave a warm golden light and the raw pigments of the earth, Ochra. This rather poetic verbal depiction of the impetus behind this artistic residency is grounded in a timeless fascination for the materials, media and techniques employed; a renewed artistic practice characterised by constant redirection and a visual language that values the creative process, regardless of pre-set concepts, ideologies and subject-matter. Drawing and printmaking methods merged into a hybrid that embodies the process of research into a purely aesthetic experience that honours the relationship between idea and method.

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Drawing:Mixed Media on Paper

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:22.1 W x 29.9 H x 0.2 D in

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Born in Canada in 1980, Camilleri lived most of her childhood and adult life in her parents’ country of origin, Malta. Currently filling the posts of full-time artist teacher at the Malta School of Art and visiting lecturer at the University of Malta, Camilleri developed a personal visual language that attempts to explore drawing and printmaking as distinct, nonetheless symbiotic art practices. Her studio practice allows the artist to push the boundaries of essentially graphical elements through the use of mixed media, bringing about both figurative and quasi-abstract visual metaphors that meander along the fine line that divides yet unites the real and the surreal. Alongside, such artistic research enables her to explore the poetic space of contemporary drawing, whilst constantly nourishing and revisiting an artistic process that is allowed to prevail over subject-matter. Artistic intent and process-led practices retain interchangeable roles throughout Camilleri’s approach to art theory and practice.

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