Blind-sided me with Science!

Who’d a thought I would ever get work into an exhibit about science, technology and the future of art (let alone three pieces!)?  Really, my aesthetic veers more to the Victorian than the futuristic! I guess the Victorian’s quest for beauty and the exotic led them to scientific observations and investigations. That’s how I fell about these Interference photographs.

Shimmering Water - Interference, Marie Cameron 2014

Shimmering Water – Interference    photography on metal    2014

Blue Pool - Interference, Marie Cameron 2014

Blue Pool – Interference   photography on metal    2014

Lavender Lake - Interference, Marie Cameron 2014

Lavender Lake – Interference   photography on metal    2014

Reception tonight from 5:30 – 8:00 pm at the Pacific Art League of Palo Alto can’t wait to see all the work!


I was mesmerized when the television transmission I had been watching broke up into colorful pixelations of abstract patterns before my eyes. Not only was it more beautiful and engaging than the program I had been watching but I was also fascinated by how the human mind likes imagine recognizable forms in the chaos. I quickly took a number of photographs, appreciating the transcendence of this moment of technological breakdown.

Shimmering Water - Interference Marie Cameron Photography 18x36 2014

Shimmering Water – Interference    photography on metal    2014

Blue Pool - Interference Marie Cameron 18 x 36 in Photography 2014

Blue Pool – Interference   photography on metal    2014

Lavender Lake - Interference, 18x36in Photography Marie Cameron 2014

Lavender Lake – Interference   photography on metal    2014

This was all such a departure from my typical work (painting as well as photography) that I really considered these snaps just a beautiful curiosity, but when the Pacific Art League put out a call for their exhibition, Science, Technology and the Future of Art, I began to consider these images more seriously.  I entered three of them and juror Gail Wight (Associate Professor of Art at Stanford University) selected them all!

It goes to show what can happen when you keep an open mind and are brave enough to step out of your comfort zone from time to time. Will this change the course of my work? I doubt it, the work I do is built on a lifetime of channeled obsessions and honed techniques, but opening up to new ways of working can only help to enrich the expressive capacity of art making – more tools in that toolbox!



Inner artist, Inner scientist

Today I spoke at my first international symposium (albeit from the comfort of my own studio in Los Gatos)! I was surprised when out of the blue, Giuliano Reis (symposium chair from University of Ottawa) contacted me for permission to use my photograph for the symposium’s poster and more surprised still when he asked me If I might speak at the symposium as well!!! At first I was a little intimidated: Crossroads of Environmental and Science Education – what did I have to contribute?  The more I thought about it the more I realized that we were all concerned with communicating our ideas.

Artist are particularly skilled at identifying engaging images, laden with symbols and metaphors that communicate directly to the heart and tug at the deeper recesses of our minds for truths we already hold dear. I spoke about what that barnacle encrusted bottle in the poster represented to me, a triumph of the marine environment to overcome and even appropriate the trash we throw at it. The fragile glass bottle symbolizes not only a human technological achievement but our frailties and by throwing this into the sea our wanton disregard for the environment. It’s a symbol of hope in the face of our carelessness. What makes the image work though are other aesthetic elements: disparate combination of elements (barnacles and bivalves living in and on something that is not natural to the ocean) beauty, a pleasing palette, the bottle symbolizes the human element – which is important to engage people on an accessible, personal level. I guess a key to a powerful image that will stay with you is that it should not be didactic, it should just layout some things to mullover and puzzle out in your own head. Nobody wants to be told what to think. Everyone needs to come to it on their own journey.

Barnacle Buoys and Bottles - Marie Cameron 2014


Symposium - Marie Cameron


Barnacle Traces - photo Marie Cameron 2014


At the end of my talk I was asked if I considered myself a scientist. I said I was a keen observer and perhaps in this amateruish way I had something of value to say.  The questioner then told me it was meant to be a rhetorical question and that I was definitely a scientist! What a sweet thing to say!

This honorary scientist is thinking that if more of us discovered our inner artist and our inner scientist the world would be a way better place!