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ST NAZAIRE (44), France
A textile designer by trade, Camille Tardif has recently embarked on a multidisciplinary creative approach, the very essence of which is to bring together techniques that are refractory to one another in order to create something new. Taking things in the wrong direction is an essential value of her work.
With seven years of graduate studies in design, the artist quickly felt trapped by having learned too much. Inevitably, she repeats what she has been taught. The whole point of her approach today is to succeed in bringing her technique and her instinct into dialogue, to find a balance between logic and letting go.
Repetition is an obsessive principle for Camille Tardif, as much for the principle as for its aesthetic character: it is therefore natural that she finds herself present in her work. It is in the detail and in the repetition of the infinitely small that she offers creations to be apprehended from afar.
Camille Tardif's artistic culture began at the age of 14 with the preparation of a baccalaureate in Applied Arts. Once she graduated, she entered a BTS in Visual Communication, where she learned how to control everything: the rules for constructing an image, the strategies used in a loop to make people like a product. She completed this technical training with theoretical instruction at La Sorbonne during her "Design & Environments" degree.
At that time, she already felt suffocated by the rules of the image and she made the choice to go to London for a year in a non-creative setting. This would allow her to see if she kept the tools that had been made available to her.
Instinctively, she turned to embroidery and knitting and discovered the joys of working with materials and toil. This is why, following this journey, she joined the ENSCI, where she learnt textile design for four years, on the basis of an education combining art and technique.
2019 - Watercolor hanging "For schoolchildren" as part of JEMA, Le garage, Saint Nazaire