Contact: Wendel Sloan at 505.562.2253
Julie Camarata, the most decorated art major of the Class of 2003, recently formally donated a set of paintings called "Island" to the College of Fine Arts. Dr. David Gerig, dean of the College of Fine arts, accepted the paintings in his office on behalf of the college.
Julie, a Clovis resident, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BFA from Eastern at the 2003 spring commencement. Some of her awards include "Best in Show" at the ENMU Student Juried Exhibition, E. Denyse Carter Memorial Award in Art, Loraine Schula Project Grant 2002, Loraine Schula Project Grant 200, and the Scottish Rite Temple Scholarship.
Her manuscripts include "Deconstruction of Art and Aesthetics," "The Manifesto of Pluralism," and "The Manifesto in Contemporary Art."
Of "Island," Julie says, "This piece was created with the intention to explore the relationship between multimedia collage and landscape. It was used as a testing canvas for pieces that were displayed at the Senior Show. While being a test set, they developed their own personality and unique coloration during the process.
"Multimedia is a way to express one or morew ideas on the same canvas, so the ideas that are expressed here are that other media can describe the shape or the color of the landscape and the idea that through color and texture one can categorize the environment."
In her artist's statement, Julie writes: "We are on the brink of a revolution! In this time of Pluralistic thought, art must meet the standards of the evolving mind. Multimedia is a wonderful way to express one or more conflicting ideas within the same piece. I enjoy using the juxtaposition of mediums and subject matter, which allows me to explore different views on the same topic.
" When I wake up in the morning I am not satisfied nor can I be at rest until I have purged my mind of the ideas that are running rampant. When I paint it is a colorful bursting of creativity onto a surface. To watch me is exhausting yet exciting. I attack a painting with all of the materials that I deem suitable, then I go back and pick out the most appealing parts of the painting and make them the foci.
" My visual representation of duality is a tribute to obsession and repetition. My deep love of art history fuels my work. I delight in things that are made by the craftsmanship of the human hand. I avoid creating works that seem manufactured or tightly composed. Through my expressions I explore the world around me and explore myself. I believe that my masterpiece is myself and after I have made myself then I will be a true artist."
(photo by Wendel Sloan)