Camilla Gabriele

My current art practice is motivated by my endless fascination towards natural phenomena. Their processes causing uncontrollable movements, colors and form inspire me to try and imitate and/or capture some of their most beautiful moments. 

Until a few years ago, I have always painted large paintings mostly dealing with the human body and features of the face, but I always had a fascination of the paint itself too. The movement of the paint when it ran down the canvas or when it spread in the pattern of the paper, or even when the colors blend together on a wet spot. That was satisfying in a way. And it still is. 

At one point I realized that I also got a little sad when my paintings dried. It was like they just froze in the middle of a beautiful dance! They almost died in a way, but in a beautiful way. I still feel that way.... And what is left - the result, the picture - is kind of like a witness of their lives when they were still wet and alive. I tried making artworks that didn't dry or just had a longer "life". For instance wet artworks made of pure oil and watercolor drops in plastic containers. When they were not in movement any longer, they could either be shaken to life or be poured out onto paper to live there for a bit while the oil and paint slowly settled into little abstract pictures.

This procedure kind of imitated a form of lifetime or a process in nature; a phenomenon. There's the uncontrollable movements (that can be affected by man) and a result, a composition or a shape. During the processes of these life imitations, I took close-up photos of them to preserve some of their most beautiful moments - Just like you do when you are with friends and family, or when you see a beautiful sunset - so that you can look back at them and their wonderful moments. The photographs are very important, because they are witnesses of beautiful moments in the lives of these artworks, that you can never redo. And if I didn't have these photos of their most important moments, they would all be forgotten. 

Now I mostly try to capture the results of processes/phenomena happening on its own in nature, as well as some moments during the processes if I'm so lucky to come across any. I also still make artworks with watercolor and ink, now trying to let the reactions between the paper, ink/watercolor and water make their own way into a composition, without controlling or influencing it. For those who are more into craftsmanship, I also make collections of ceramics, linocuts and photo-engravings inspired by nature’s creations and the photographs I take. 

My photographs often get a graphic feel to them, and can sometimes be mistaken for illustrations, paintings or drawings. And as much as they are witnesses of beautiful dances that happened, they are also witnesses and reminders of phenomena caused by chemistry, biology, weather, nature and humanity. The close-up photos, are also a kind of reminder of life and dna. They have a kind of biological microscopic feel to them, even though they are not. 

I hope this all makes sense. I am still working on a lot of the sense and logic in my art. Sometimes it's hard to explain why you do what you do. It's mostly intuition and feeling.