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Camilla Wilson
Jerwood Contemporary Painters


Jerwood Space
and touring

February 15 - March 31, 2007
tour dates in 2007

work: two paintings displayed as a diptych

Jerwood Contemporary Painters invitation

This was a group exhibition in which I exhibited a diptych, The Lagoon, paintings of two mirrors which appear to reflect one another, but do so falsely.

The paintings were intended to stage and undermine various readings of mirror imagery, and to create expectations which are subverted. The mirror imagery presented a domestic scene, as the site and motivating rationale of the Uncanny, (as developed by Freud); the subsequent manipulations of the imagery were intended to provoke sensations of both familiarity and then displacement.

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These works were a continuation of the series also exhibited in Les Merveilles du Monde, 2005. In common with my other outputs they have a strong relationship to the documentary through the use of the photographic set-up as source material and involve further enquiries into the nature of the image as both found and constructed, as illusive and self reflexive. More widely the work alludes to Modernism’s presentation of the flatness of the canvas as surface, via the physical nature of a mirror, but undermines it, through the endless relay of reflections and deferrals. Foucault’s Las Meninas has been a catalyst in this work, with its observations on the nature of representation.

I staged a photo shoot involving the use of remote flash lights in a dark room. I placed the lights and camera in various relative positions between two mirrors in a dark room, in order, on the one hand, to illuminate the space the mirror contained, on the other, to bounce light off the mirrors’ surfaces to deny access to the space represented. The images, as they were taken in the dark, were random and unpredictable. The resulting images, once selected, were translated and manipulated through painting.

Jerwood Contemporary Painters - catalogue pages

Tour dates:

Jerwood Space, London
February 15 - March 31, 2007

BayArt, Cardiff
April 18 - May 18, 2007

The Lowry, Salford, Manchester
June 30 - September 23, 2007

Jerwood Contemporary Painters - selected press cuttings

related outcome:
Camilla Wilson: Les Merveilles du Monde

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