Et in Arcadia Ego – NUMU

Et in Arcadia Ego
Even in Arcadia there I am

NUMU’s exquisite exhibition, Et in Arcadia Ego, guest curated by David Molesky, just opened last night! Growing out of the classical belief that utopia exists just beyond the bounds of civilization and liminal figures like shepherds are beings that are ideally seen to inhabit both worlds. This show features a stunning collection of work from stellar local and international artists. Running from June 2 – October 2, there well be an Opening Celebration for their summer Exhibitions, tomorrow, Saturday June 4 from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm. New Museum Los Gatos is located at 106 E Main Street, Los Gatos, California.

Here’s a taste… all the artists names are linked to their websites where all of their photos will be better than mine!

David Ligare – Et in Arcadia Ego (View Moderne) – Oil on Panel

Aron Wisenfeld – Bloom – Oil on Canvas

Agostino Arrivabene – Il Sogno di Asceptio -Tempra and Oil on Antique Panel (detail)

NUMU’s Executive Director, Lisa Coscino introducing  Guest Curator, artist and writer, David Moseky (He’s the tall one in the middle of the photograph below).

Astrid Preston – Mountain Path – Oil on Canvas

Stephanie Peek – Deeper 1 – Oil on Canvas

Holly Lane – After the Storm – Acrylic on Carved Wood

Seamus Conley –  Po Boy – Oil on Canvas

David Ligare – Et in Arcadia Ego – Oil on Linen

Odd Nerdrum – In Arcadia (self portrait) – Oil on Canvas

Jason Yarmosky –  Counting Sheep – Oil on Canvas

Julie Heffernan – Self Portrait as Acceleration – oil on canvas

Maria Kreyn –  Even Here – Oil on Canvas

Robin F Williams – The Gardeners – Oil on Canvas

Brad Kunkle – Reclamation – Oil, Gold and Silver Leaf on Wood

Me trying to become part of Stephanie Peek’s painting – silk floral camo!

Some of the brains and beauty behind the exhibit: Andrea Schwartz / Andrea Schwartz Gallery, David Molesky / Guest Curator, Marianne McGrath / NUMU Curator, Lisa Conscino / NUMU Executive Director.

Dressing the P(art)


So, I fell in love with another dress!

Art of Dressing - Casa de Wendy Dress - Marie Cameron 2013

This time it’s a Spanish number by Casita de Wendy. It not only captures some of the joy and mystery of the botanical world (on a flattering black background) but also makes a whimsical, fairylike nod and wink to the work of Hieronymous Bosch and the little hands and feet reaching out of the flowers remind me of the work I’ve been doing with broken doll parts lately.

Art of Dressing - Details from Casa de Wendy Dress 1- Marie Cameron 2013

Casa de Wendy dress details.

Details from the Garden of Earthly  Delights by Hieronymus Bosch

Details of Hieronymous Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights.

Frozen Fragments - Marie Cameron - 2013

Photographs of mine using unearthed remnants of early Frozen Charlotte dolls, flowers and shells.

Art of Dressing - Floral Needlepoint Handbag - Marie Cameron 2013

The vintage needle point bag was a perfect match for this dress, though when I spotted it on ebay I imagined it to be big enough to hold only my phone and a credit card – turns out it’s big enough for my camera and a sandwich, even with a wallet. Tradition, beauty and function!

Art of Dressing -Skull and Flowers T- Marie Cameron 2013

I found the T-shirt at a local thrift store and wondered if I could get away with wearing a giant skull and rosary and decided it was worth a shot. I love how the image is based on the Dutch vanitas tradition which points to our numbered blooming days. Here are some contemporary versions of this theme by what might be an early Dutch master (or a contemporary one), Vanitas by Titti Garelli and Gardenia by Kamei Toru.

Blue Moths and Skull

Vanitas by Titti Garelli

Gardenia by Kamei Toru

I think I’ll pair this with some fun wedges and some skinny jeans and go and get some ink on! Just kidding – while I love it on other people, I’m only brave enough to put ink to paper (my ears are not even pierced)!

I’m not trying to over think how I dress – I’m just motivated by the same impulses that move me to create my Florilegia– the love of florals, botanicals, art history and curious objects with a history of their own.


Mature Elegance – Florilegia     Marie Cameron    2012   mixed media assemblage

 Marie Cameron with Shame Silece and Oblivion and dahlias 2013