Camie Geary-Martin was born in Kingston, Ontario in 1954 and during her childhood she lived in many cities in Canada, England and Germany. After studying theatre arts in her twenties, Camie worked in theatre and sewed costumes for The National Ballet of Canada.
In 1999 she began studies at the Toronto School of Art and afterwards Pasadena City College. In 2000 she sculpted a bust of Dr. Ursula Franklin which was cast in bronze for the Toronto District School Board. The following year she received a commission to create a bronze bust for St. Mary’s Church in Toronto.
Camie’s sculptures are now enjoyed in many private and public collections throughout North America.
“As an artist, I create a diverse selection of intimate and engaging bronze sculptures. My work is unique and experimental with a focus on the human form: its presence or absence, loss and memory. What is not there is as important as what is. The creation of shadows adds a further ephemeral quality to my work. A broad array of life experiences has influenced me as an individual and now informs my sculpture. This is evident in my “Shroud Series” which was inspired by a trip to Egypt.
My “Shrouds” are created by wrapping burlap dipped in wax over a series of half life size figures which I have previously sculpted in clay. After gently removing the shroud, it is sprued and vented in preparation for the foundry. It is during the casting process that the holes and empty spaces are created. The “Shrouds” are so thin that the bronze cannot reach all the areas. It is always a gamble, but very exciting to see what is unearthed from the investments. Once I have completed the grinding and patination of these intricate pieces they are mounted with the intention of resembling museum artefacts. These delicate bronzes evoke the form and in its absence the cloth holds the memory. They have been described as Hauntingly Beautiful.”
SOLO AND DUO EXHIBITIONS
2015 — “A Collaboration with My Past”, Abbozzo Gallery, Toronto, ON
2014 — Canadian Sculpture Centre, Toronto, ON
2009 – Art Square Gallery, Toronto, ON
2008 – Open Studio, Bradshaw Studios, Toronto, ON
2006 – Studio Opening, Unit 119, Bradshaw Studios, Toronto, ON
2004 – “Figure and Form”, Zypr Gallery, Toronto, ON
2010 -“Convergence” Tom Thompson Gallery, Owen Sound, ON
2010 – Art Expo New York, Pier 94 New York City, NY.
2009 – “Chromatic” Oeno Gallery, Bloomfield, ON
2009 -”New Members 2009″ Sculptor’s Society of Canada, Toronto, ON
2009 – Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Nathan Phillips Square,
2009 – “For the Birds”, Gallery Arcturus, Toronto, ON
2008 – Me Michael Art Gallery, Kleinberg, ON
2007 – Art Expo New York, Jacob Javits Center, New York, N. Y.
2007 – “You Are Here”, Eastern Front Gallery, Toronto, ON
2006 – ” … Conversation Show”, Loop Gallery, Toronto, ON
2006 – Art Tao Gallery, Toronto, ON
2005 – Invitational International Sculpture Exhibition, Dalian, PR China
2005 – Muse Gallery, Toronto, ON
2005 – Grand Opening, Galerie Bertossini, Toronto, ON
2005 – Mining & the Arts, Mining in Society, Cdn. Inst. of Mining, TO, ON
2004 – Emerging Artists Show, Sculptors Society of Canada Toronto, ON
2004 – Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, ON
2004/09 – Toronto Art Expo, Toronto Convention Center, Toronto, ON
2004 – “Terra Firma”, Gallery 61, Toronto, ON
2003 – “Artists Against The War”, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, ON