A Bridge of Melancholy
The art of Camille de Galbert is the art of
the person in all its elements.
dancer, Camille the musician, Camille the
artist - each one of her recent creations
is her own intimate Gesamtkunstwerk.
Each embodies her multiple paths in
search of her own personal identity in art
and in life: her career as a dancer, her
musical studies, her dual link with France
and the United States. Such multifaceted
experiences often push artists to create
walls between themselves and their
various activities and origins; on the
contrary, in works such as Lionel and The Dancer, Camille has been able to
proactively build a bridge between her
places, her passions, and herself. Her
bridge invites viewers to dream about
their own secrets and wishes. It is a
bridge designed with melancholy and
strength - feelings captured by Camille’s
gipsy lens, like cantes from a campfire.
And it is through her roots in France and her life in New York that she has been able to push her creations beyond any geographic categorizations - she is no longer a French artist making art in New York, she is simply an artist making art.
Camille’s works on paper are direct
and objective extensions of her life;
they are not comments, observations,
or judgements; they are relics of the
archeology of her spirit. While her
videos offer ethereal ideas of her being,
these works on paper offer material
Through the years Camille’s craft has grown to blend moving pictures into a choreography of light, music, and verb. With this painter’s palate she has been capable of brushing from the oneiric airiness of the experimental Samir all the way into the hopeless desolation of the narrative One Day Like Another.
Camille de Galbert’s alchemy is made of words, bodies, breaths, and landscapes, with echos to Balzac’s metaphysics. And it is with this harmony that we can see through her art and into our own lives.