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Recent Paintings by Camila Rocha

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Camila Rocha
Exhibition Dates: 
07.09.15 - 08.31.15

Recent Paintings
By
Camila Rocha

Open Reception - Thursday, July 9th. 8-11pm

This exhibition attempts to share the artist’s search for identity. Inspired on societal rituals conjuring spirituality and the release from strict ideological dogma, these paintings and works on paper are about the carnal, and passionate desires of the body. The work reflects collective performative acts, dealing with her motherland, Brazil. The exhibition includes paintings and objects inspired by Carnival, and ideas of the spiritual and political structures associated with the event.
This exhibition displays performative images intended to contradict the sterile state of daily life. For Camila the use of exuberant color and texture are intended to provoke the senses in a way that mirrors the synesthetic experience of carnival. Likewise the characters depicted in her imagery represent free scenarios of liberated self-expression and primal human instincts, using hybrids to convey a universal idea of the body.

Artist Statement

Today, her oeuvre conjures a philosophical conversation involving gender, identity, theories pertaining to materialism, and feminism. The priorities on her work arrives through an exploration of her culture where the artist is searching for identity, inspired on her motherland, Brazil, and carnival archetypes that often echo social structures. This body of work conjures her interests in the formal aspects of traditional painting and representation, where language of illusionism that throughout the history of art has been linked to a heritage of objectification of the female body and product of the exotic.
“Painting in this way facilitates a kind of role reversal, in which I am able to confront the historic “male gaze" that can be exploitive, and lead to categorization.”

Artist Biography

Camila Rocha received her MFA, in 2015, from the New York Academy of Art. The artist’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in places such as in Leipzig, Sao Paulo, Minas Gerais, London, California and New York. Camila has been honored in 2015 the New York Academy of Art Merit Scholarship, The Janet Rosel & Peter B. Lewis Scholarship, The Valda Witt & Jay Hatfield Portrait Scholarship award, and the LCU Fund for Women’s Education Grant. In July-August, 2014, the artist was sponsored by NYAA to undertake a residency at the Leipzig Art International program in Leipzig, Germany. In 2010 she received the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art Scholarship. Among her accolades Camila has been featured in publications around the world. In 2012, Camila curated and exhibited work in the exhibition, Skin and Ink, at the Crafts and Folk art Museum in Los Angeles, California.

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