Exhibition | Camille Rose Garcia: Obsidian Butterfly | Contemporary Art at KP Projects | LOS ANGELES | Art Week

Camille Rose Garcia: Obsidian Butterfly

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Saturday, 11 September 2021 to Saturday, 2 October 2021
Saturday, 11 September 2021 - 3:00pm

KP Projects Presents:

Camille Rose Garcia Obsidian Butterfly


SEPTEMBER 11, 2021 - OCTOBER 2, 2021

KP Projects

633 N. La Brea Avenue | Los Angeles CA 90036

T: 323.933.4408 | info@kpprojects.net

Tues – Sat 12PM to 6PM | https://kpprojectsgallery.net

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Opening Reception

Public Reception | 3:00PM-7:00PM

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Inspired by Octavio Paz’s poem of the same name, ‘Obsidian Butterfly’ is a collection that explores the symbolism of natural forces, namely the ocean as a vessel to hold and heal feelings of sorrow and loss. While the initial inspiration comes from both the poem itself and the Aztec goddess' namesake, the collection is both universal, and deeply personal. Last year when wildfires engulfed the West Coast, Camille was evacuated, not knowing the fate of her home. In those moments of uncertainty, she headed to the ocean to take solace in the vast body of water. The eerily beautiful colors of the sunset against a fiery sky later became the palette inspired in her current work, while ideas of opposing forces - water and fire - became evolving concepts. From this elemental juxtaposition, the works of ‘Obsidian Butterfly’ were born, like a phoenix rising up from the ashes.

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Camille Rose Garcia was born in 1970 in Los Angeles, California, the child of a Mexican activist filmmaker father and a muralist/painter mother. She apprenticed at age 14 working on murals with her mother while growing up in the generic suburbs of Orange County, visiting Disneyland, and going to punk shows with the other disenchanted youth of that era. Garcia’s layered, broken narrative paintings of wasteland fairy tales are influenced by William Burroughs’ cut-up writings and surrealist film, as well as vintage Disney, and Fleischer cartoons, acting as critical commentaries on the failures of capitalist utopias. Garcia’s pieces blend nostalgic pop culture references with a satirical slant on modern society.

Her work has been displayed internationally and featured in numerous magazines including Juxtapoz, Rolling Stone, and Modern Painter, and is included in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Resnick Collection, and the San Jose Museum of Art. She has published two books, The Illustrated Alice in Wonderland (published by HarperCollins)--a New York Times Bestseller--and The Cabinet of Dr. Deekay, a surrealist book she both wrote and illustrated. She currently lives in the woods of the Pacific Northwest.


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633 N. La Brea Avenue

Los Angeles CA 90036

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