Designers: Elle Campbell - ZOMP Creative Award 2016
Elle Campbell is angelic, intuitive and magnetic. Her practice is raw, orgasmic and frenetic. This paradoxical dialogue underpins elements of the artist͛s work, which awe-inspire and reveal intriguing interplays between colour and form, the past and present, the conscious and unconscious, and the permeability and impermeability of art, life and existence. By incorporating daring colour palettes and bold expression, wielded by hours of physical activity, Campbell's bodies of work consider how visual art as a practice informs identity and being, particularly in response to loss & grief. Meditations of the emotional, physical and spiritual are forces present within such complex works, illuminated by both the fragility and strength of the human condition.For the Perth-based visual and textile artist, painting is a way of life. Art has always been central to Campbell͛s expression through myriad forms, particularly the kinaesthetic relationship formed with her natural surroundings as a child growing up on a farm in rural Dandaragan, Western Australia. A conduit for expression, communication and comprehension, the artist͛s practice is a ritualistic digesting of the here and now, what was, and what is yet to come.
Words by Jade Balfour,2016.