Camille Allen explores how adornment acts as the fingerprint of crises. A painter, photographer and weaver, Allen’s work connects an investigation of conflict zones (body, mind and place) with the sacred. The threads between sacred landscapes, aesthetics of loss and the feminine psyche are embedded, veiled and translated within Camille Allen and her work.
Her interest in architecture and adornment as the fingerprint of crises began through her nomadic upbringing. Growing up within Australia, Vietnam and the USA, Allen developed an interest in changing topographies, borders and conflict zones. Eager to understand her own sense of place, or lack thereof, she reflects upon the power of land and secrecy.
Within her paintings, Allen’s process allows for the canvas to act as its own witness. Excavating from the topography of diluted paint washes she invites hidden figures and secrets to the forefront. Within her photographs, Allen explores the concept of veiling, capturing haunting and ethereal documents of adornment and feminine psyche. Lastly, Allen is intrigued by the technical and laborious process of textiles. This interest began in 2021, when lace made by her Great Aunt during an investigation into her missing son was handed down. Labour and pain woven within the threads captivated Allen. During this time, Allen was diagnosed with a benign ovarian tumour. She grew interested in further exploring female trauma, and the way in which their narratives are told, held captive, or made sacred.