Photograph by Naomi Chilcott, National Art School, Sydney
My art practice explores themes of comfort and foreboding, creating imaginary landscapes and situations that depict a sense of personal loss—of childhood innocence, freedom and wonder—while suggesting alternative worlds in which these feelings may be regained. I use material and technique to bring together conflicting elements with an emphasis on the flattening of form —using familiar shapes and the smooth rendering of charcoal on paper and felt. My studio practice employs the notion of ‘world-making’ used by some artists in their artworks as a way to present certain ideas about the real world. In my drawings, the textured paper and raw felt work together to offer a tactile experience related to the proximal relationship with the doudou (‘comfort object’ in French).
Camille Gillybœuf was born in Talence, France in 1995 and, since 2013, lives in Sydney, Australia. She is an emerging visual artist currently finishing her Master of Fine Art majoring in Drawing at the National Art School (Sydney). She holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Fine Arts) from Federation University Australia (Victoria) and is currently employed as Registration Assistant at Penrith Regional Gallery, Home of the Lewers Bequest.
She has been a finalist in the Tony White Memorial Art Prize as part of the 2020 Kangaroo Valley Art Prize, Fisher’s Ghost Art Award (2017), The Shirl National Youth Portrait Prize (2017), Mosman Youth Art Prize (2016), Blacktown City Art Prize (2016) and was awarded two years in a row the Marjory Baker Memorial Youth Award (ADFAS Camden) in 2016 and 2017.
Since 2014, Camille Gillybœuf has exhibited in group exhibitions in Australia and France. In 2016, she illustrated poems by Les Murray translated into French in Le Bestiaire des antipodes published by Revue Ce qui Reste. She is currently working on new illustration work.