My name is Camille Guellec, and I am currently a senior at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. I major in Craft and Material Studies with a focus on Fiber & Textiles. I also minor in Fashion Accessories Design, where my main focus is bag making and shoemaking. My work revolves around the concepts of Feminism, Surrealism, and Psychoanalysis. The relationships between these themes are intriguing and play a huge role in my artmaking process. I will delve deeper into these relationships and will emphasize their symbolism and importance throughout the course of this description. My work itself takes form in rug making, print and pattern design, garment making, and handmaking accessories such as bags, shoes, etc.
Feminism & Psychoanalysis- The direct manner in which these two topics tie into one another revolves around the fact that, in this specific case where my work focuses on French feminism and autotheroy, this whole movement itself was led by French psychoanalysts. Not to mention the fact that without psychoanalysis, feminism would not be as prevalent and important as it is today. It would not have grown as much as it has, in parallel to the manner by which psychoanalysis has furthered throughout the course of time. Feminism takes into account world views and challenges them in order to encourage equality for all. This would not be possible if society’s repressed fears and conflicts were never brought up.
Surrealism & Psychoanalysis- These two themes, in particular, have a really strong connection to one another as they inherently go hand in hand. The aspect of psychoanalysis that is represented within my work is more so in relation to the viewer’s perception and understanding of the work: It ties into the Surrealist part of my practice because Surrealism is directly based on ideas of psychoanalysis, such as dream interpretation, and investigating the interaction of conscious and unconscious elements in the mind.
Feminism, Surrealism, and Psychoanalysis, though seemingly connected in a far-fetched manner, tie into one another harmoniously. This, in the sense that Psychoanalysis is the root of both Feminism and Surrealism. Surrealism has always been a heavily male-dominated movement. In fact, not only were women not well represented within the Surrealist community, they were watered down solely as mere objects of desire when portrayed within works. The purpose of my work is to recover lost time and portray Surreal feminist artwork as a form of resistance against the historically male-dominated art world. Doing so through the use of the portrayal and logic behind the psychoanalytic aspect of each of these two important themes.
Thank you for taking an interest in my work.