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silvermine arts center

The Ezekiel Project

Camille Eskell

September 23 through November 3, 2012

Dry Bones: Aurora, 2010, Oil stick on paper, 45" x 38", $4,800
Dry Bones: Aurora, 2012, Oil stick on paper, 45" x 38", $4,800
Dry Bones: Troll, 2012, Oil stick on paper, 45.25" x 37.5", $4,800
Dry Bones: Return, Oil stick on paper, 45.5" x 38", $4,800
Dry Bones: Tumult, Oil stick on paper, 45.5" x 38", $4,800

"The Ezekiel Project," is a new series of works by New Canaan, CT artist Camille Eskell. The series reflects the uncertainty, vulnerability and hope of restoring today's cultural climate. Using the fragmented figure as metaphor and testimonial, these images depict stripped and windswept torsos set adrift in expanses that suggest the cosmos, to underscore the sense of aimlessness and instability. "Starting with my vision of the finished work, which sparks my creative process, this series continues to explore the psychological themes of withdrawal, transcendence and redemption that inform my work in both 2- and 3-D media," says Camille of her work. The series title also alludes to her family name, Ezekiel, before it was Anglicized by an uncle, who immigrated to the U.S. in the early 1900's, to better fit into American society. Close examination reveals hints of lace designs in her artwork, an emblem of a long-held family business.