Marie Cameron is a Los Gatos artist who usually works in oils and mixed media assemblage. However, during the pandemic, she has been embroidering silk rainbows onto vintage photographs. "2020 was really hard", Cameron exclaims, and her typical work that focuses on the issues of environmental and social justice become too heavy for her, and a trip to the beach one cloudy day sparked her new series as she says a rainbow amidst the gray.
"I wanted something that was more hopeful and would fill me with a bit of joy," she says, "I was really searching for that joy, and I thought, yeah, I need more rainbows in my life."
Thinking about the rainbows, Cameron decided to sew silk threads into vintage photos to contrast the black and white images and the vibrancy colors of the threads.
Cameron explored various themes she was interested in that we all were experiencing through 2020. For example, environmental pieces that are phot of forests done during forest fires we had last summer. Or, a firefighter with a rainbow coming down on him as sort of a "thank you" or prayer. As well as images of nurses, people of different races; as Cameron explains, "I wanted these rainbows to act as kind of like a blessing. Kind of like a manifestation of joy."
"For me, these rainbows symbolize not only hope and inclusivity but a connection with spirit. They seem to offer a momentary connection to the universe and our place in it as they open a door to our sense of awe and wonder."
Cameron is now opening her studio doors to share this work "en masse" to the community to view and purchase, hoping that others will experience the healing she experienced in the making.
Art Exhibition by Marie Cameron
"Wall of Rainbows" Pop-up!
June 15 -19