Juxtapoz Magazine – Camille Rose Garcia “Nereids of Mare Medusae” @ Roq La Rue, Seattle


Roq la Rue is pleased to welcome back just one of the greatest artists in the Pop Surrealism movement, Camille Rose Garcia, for a solo exhibit this July. Her operate is recognized for it’s enchanting “creepy awesome” vintage cartoon like graphic model put together with major commentary about sociopolitical themes, generally the ecosystem and its destruction at mankind’s arms. For this show, even so, Garcia delves into a fantastical other-planet guarded and guided by wonderful nymph-like creatures and animals who dwell in otherworldly seas, as a implies of holding on to ponder compared to despair. The palette of this show deviates from the previous working day-glo spectrum she was discovering most lately, to aspect washy pastels, like the inside of a shell or the shifting translucent hues of abalone. Coral, drinking water serpents, and jellyfish populate aspiration-like lunar oceans, which are the domain of the Nereids, benevolent water spirits.

“I believe the human gatherings of the earlier handful of decades has left me stargazing and ocean wandering as a survival system. I just can’t only make art about a dying earth, about a dying culture, when there is however so considerably thriller and awe inspiring natural beauty to working experience all all around us. My enchantment with ocean and star themes is greatly influenced by my atmosphere. I dwell 20 minutes from the Pacific Ocean in California, and for the duration of the Pandemic I would choose weekly ocean hikes with my mother, who life in a house overlooking the ocean that my grandfather built.  It became a source of wonderful convenience and solace  to be at the ocean finding up shells and weird parts of driftwood, and I wondered about its electricity to enchant and relaxed humans via tricky occasions.

For my solo exhibit, “Nereids of Mare Medusae”, I was pondering of the ocean and of the stars, and then, of training course, about oceans on other stars. I started to imagine the oceans on other planets, as I remembered that Europa and Enceladus, (moons of Saturn and Jupiter) each have oceans within the moon, surrounded by a thick crust of ice. I appeared to see if these oceans experienced names, but I couldn’t find any. I resolved to title the ocean within Enceladus, just one of Saturns’ moons. I named it Mare Medusae, not soon after Medusa, but after the attractive jellyfish drawings of Ernst Haeckel, who named the most stunning jellyfish he encountered soon after his useless wife Anna. The Nereids are Greek ocean spirits, but not like the Sirens, they are benevolent in mother nature. The Nereids aren’t just pretty to appear at though, they are occupied performing stuff in that ocean inside that moon orbiting Saturn. Maybe they build magical devices and organic and natural equipment made of shells and serpents, making a psychedelic universe with benevolent new music vibrations.” – Camille Rose Garcia


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