Camille Serisier is a visual artist based in Brisbane, Australia. Trained as a scenic painter for Opera, Theatre and Ballet – Camille’s practice centres around playful tableau vivant photographs, idea drawings, films, and interactive installations. Through these ambitious and elaborate works Serisier uses the veil of playful absurdity to enact positive social change through storytelling.
By exploring dominant cultural narratives about the feminine and nature Serisier reassembles selected fragments to create unreal and fantastic works that depart dramatically from their original context. The results are rich with references to mythology, religion, art history, pop culture and contemporary political events, merged together in a humorous manner that belies their serious conceptual intent.
Initially, this approach manifests in drawings and watercolour works on paper. But these are just the first iterations of the image, which Serisier builds up into full-scale tableau vivants, brought to life by performers or through participatory public events. She then documents these living pictures using large format photographs, stop-start animations, films, or interactive social media. Each level of representation creates a new iteration of the original image. This process of reproduction asks the viewer to question the authenticity of all narratives. In so doing, Serisier draws attention to the assumptions and biases that inform much of the cultural material that shape our understanding of the feminine and nature.
Camille Serisier was born in Wollongong, Australia in 1982. She has completed a Bachelor of Fine Art with First Class Honours from the Australian National University (2003). Serisier has trained as a scenic painter at Scenic Studios in Melbourne and Opera Australia in Sydney.
In 2016 Serisier unveiled a permanent public artwork in Wynumm (QLD) and on January 26 her work was projected onto the William Jolly Bridge (QLD). Serisier has been awarded numerous grants and prizes, including the Neil Roberts Sculpture Prize (2003), the NAVA Australian Artist Grant (2012), the Arts Queensland Career Development Grant (2012) and was a recipient of the Creative Individuals Career Fund, Copyright Agency Limited (CAL) (2014). She was a finalist in the Elaine Birmingham National Watercolour Prize (2017), Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award (2017), Art on Paper: Hazelhurst Art Award (2013, 2015), the Fisher’s Ghost Art Award (2016), NAB Private Wealth Emerging Artist Award (2014) and duo Magazine’s Percival Photographic Portrait Prize (2014). She has also undertaken several residencies including: The Kings School, Britain (2006); Bundanon Trust, New South Wales (2013) and Laughing Waters Artist in Residence Program, Victoria (2013).
Camille has a strong exhibition profile, including: Laughing Waters Road, Monstalvat, Victoria (2016); The wonderful land of Oz, KickArts Cairns and SGAR, Brisbane (2015); David Malouf and Friends, Museum of Brisbane (2014); Making Tracks, ANU School of Art Gallery, Canberra (2013), Into the Aether, Artbar, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2013); Vegas Spray Road Trip, John Paynter Gallery, Newcastle (2013); Ovid’s Medusa, MOP Projects, Sydney (2013); You Just Keep Me Hanging On, LEVEL, Brisbane (2013) and Fringe Dwellers, SLOT Space, Sydney (2013).
Her work is held in private and public collections including, Brisbane City Council, Bundanon Trust and Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.