Camille Marcoux landscapes, stories, decolonization, Indigenous Knowledge and Methodologies, Chthulucene, degrowth, spinning and weaving, gardening enthusiast, natural dyer, materiality, speculative futures, making kin, Become-with, optimism, multiplicity, anxiety, kindness,gratefulness, isolation, productivity, CARE, CREATIVITY, ground-level, observing, noticing, challenges, impure, trouble, string figure

IAMD, OCAD University

Camille Marcoux is a Montréal-based textile artist. She has been exploring various textile practices such as spinning and weaving, in the form of installations and sculptures. While researching theories on the current geological era, Camille is currently working on a series of objects and sculptural landscapes. She aims to articulate landscapes’ conditions through material practices while integrating reused and found materials. Her work conveys both chaos and harmony to express frustration and optimism regarding our current era. Her goal is to raise awareness of environmental responsibility, social responsibility, and encourage individuals to observe and understand landscapes through multiple lenses.

“When I look at landscapes, I can see some problems reflecting how colonization disrupted everything. The behaviour of P. australis is very similar to white supremacy, colonialism and imperialism; it is very greedy, selfish, and abusive, neglecting every other multispecies. It is the settlers’ responsibility to clean up the messes, and these deeply rooted problems cannot be ignored any longer. I am French Canadian, which means I am a settler, and I have my part of responsibility in this. Decolonization is ongoing and takes a lot of work. There is a lot I need to unlearn, a lot I need to meditate on, and a lot I need to work on.
I first started this project with the desire to explore various repair methods in textiles. Still thinking about the complexity of repair and healing, I decided to shift direction and work with P. australis as a decolonizing practice. Common reed can be used, were used, and are still used in various craft practices such as basketry and papermaking.”