Here, we ask an artist to frame the essential details behind one of their latest works.
Bio: Cameron Welch, 31, Brooklyn (@welch_cameron)
Title of work: Fugue State.
Where to see it: Yossi Milo Gallery (245 10th Avenue, New York) until May 7.
Three words to describe it: Collision of contexts.
What was on your mind at the time: I’m interested in employing gestalt as a means of interrogating notions of identity with a great weight given to process and material significance. Each work is littered with a myriad of characters populating fantastically frenzied scenes assembled with thousands of hand-cut, inlaid pieces of marble, ceramic, and glass.
An interesting feature that’s not immediately noticeable: The central figure is a reference to Michelangelo’s Pieta. Here, the deity is wrapped in a garb of Burberry made of various colors of marble and glazed ceramic. The gold pieces surrounding the figure are hand-gilded in the studio with 24 karat gold leaf.
How it reflects your practice as a whole: Most of my work is wholly invested in the practice of mosaic making. The works are often laden with culturally significant materials.
One song that captures its essence: “Into the Void” by Black Sabbath.