Camilla Wills’ work is concerned with moments of breakdown and convalescence. Interior or unconscious situations are projected onto dominant landscapes and gendered histories, creating images of estrangement, and of proximity. Recent works perform possibilities deeply rooted in the personal sphere, framed through errant readings of theory, and works of literature, including authors Marie Darrieussecq, Christopher Isherwood, Ian Hacking, Elizabeth Hardwick and Walter Benjamin. The affinities and mutations experienced while reading also become productive – when a text is understood the reader necessarily alters it and is altered in the process.
For POST intimacies and moods are captured in blunt, material foil molds, repeated as decorative tableaux, or historical metaphors. Photographic, textual and drawn elements are collaged in photoshop and printed as fabric posters, presented as mise-en-scene snapshots animating the figure of the hostess among other characters. The work builds up neurological chains and connections, dissolving and resynchronising the world in an affective way.
Camilla Wills (b 1985) lives and works in London. Recent exhibitions include Notes on Neo-Camp, Studio Voltaire, London; On ne connaît les chiffres que d"un côté du plan, Art3, Valence; Sunbathers, 1857, Oslo andAutomatic Writing/Instant Publishing, ICA, London. In 2011 she completed the masters programme at Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam and she currently works in the editorial team at Book Works, London.