A sculpture by Camille Cabanes
Material: Paper-mache, paint, straw 'whiskers'
Dimensions: 22 x 20 x 13 cm depth
Originally from a rural part of southern France ‘full of wheat fields and sunflowers’, artist Camille Cabanes now lives and works from her studio in Paris. Located in the Pigalle-Monmartre district, Camille’s studio is a little house with big widows and is one of the many old workshops hidden behind a series of green doors on the Boulevard de Clichy.
A fine art and history of art graduate, Camille creates work in mixed-media, favouring natural and recycled materials. She creates a diverse range of objects, from enormous papier mâché sculptures of monsters, creatures and figures from folklore, to animal masks carefully moulded and painted, often adorned with straw and natural twigs.
Her main source of inspiration comes from travel, citing a recent trip to Mexico as ‘very important’, in particular a visit to Frida Kahlo's House, Casa Azur. A love folkloric objects, and outsider art are also visible in her work, and she regally visits the outsider art gallery Halle Saint Pierre in Montmartre.
“I feel like I wanted to work with some natural materials. They remind me what I experienced in the Vosges forest (in Alsace) with my great uncle, a very important and pleasant moment in the Nature. I like to work with natural materials like cork, straw, or some elements I collect in the Nature. I work with newspapers for papier mâché or old baskets for masks.”