Camille Pomerlo Illustrator

I am Camille, an artist from Montreal, Canada, who aims to demonstrate the complexity of everyday objects through my narrative sketches, where objects become actors playing an active role, impacting our daily lives. 

I studied Fine Arts at Champlain Regional College and, at the end of the two-year program, was awarded the
Ken Madokoro Fine Arts Award for creativity, perseverance and initiative to take responsibilities. I went on and studied Design at Concordia University, where a powerful perception of the built environment was put forward by some amazing teachers. After graduating, I worked in the elds of graphic design, packaging design, interior design and architecture and, in 2015, became a full-time illustrator. In June 2016, the City of Montreal selected my work to be part of CODE SOUVENIR MONTRÉAL, an initiative pushing design to the full extent of Montreal’s status of UNESCO City of Design. More recently, I have been selected to exhibit at Artexpo NewYork in April 2017. 

Narrative Sketches, as my drawings came to be named, are driven by the desire to tell stories through illustrations,
but these stories are not spectacular; they are those of the everyday routine.Therefore, the repeated lines and elements that one nds from one illustration to the next re ect the repetition of daily life’s actions. For example, the many times we make coffee involve the same actions, yet, somehow, the experience is always slightly different.Thus, every illustrated scene is really a series of event, not unlike a theatre play, in which objects tell the story of the actions they helped to accomplish. 

Becoming a mother of twins reshaped the daily routine around this new, challenging reality. One night, upon sketching the mess at a desk, a distance was created between reality and the perception of it, and, through these new glasses, the everyday became less overwhelming.The series of illustrations that resulted from this different perception is called L’histoire vraie, for, without being overwhelmingly realistic, those drawings are, nonetheless, completely honest. 

Staying home meant little interactions with other people. Rather, it meant spending time with the objects of the house, coming to regard them as buildings and cities of metal and porcelain on the counters and on the stove.That vision created the opportunity for a different series, Les merveilles du quotidien, in which banal objects somehow appropriated a wonderful life of their own. Bearing in mind the possibility that objects were lled with life, it was easy to imagine oneself becoming one of them - a coffee percolator, for instance - the most important actor of the mornings of the exhausted. Thus, this character was imagined, “Cafetière”, and she became the vessel of a con icted array of emotions. This series is called Les aventures d’une cafetière. 

The daily objects are at the heart of my art practice, but lately there is a greater focus in the interactions we have with them, whether the coffee percolator, the pressure cooker or the city we live in. The group of series Cités vibrantes is an example of this complex relationship. 

A great accomplishment would be if one perceived - through the Narrative Sketches - the power of the built environment of our homes and how it plays many little roles, each impacting our lives. We rely on objects daily without realizing it, but let us wonder how differently our day would start if, for instance, the coffee percolator broke one morning. 

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