Tammi Campbell

About the Artist

Tammi Campbell was born in Calgary, Alberta, in 1974. Her family soon moved to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, a city Campbell eventually left in order to pursue art studies at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.

She cites those years at the University of Saskatchewan as important ones to her artistic practice, pointing out that she spent them studying under artists Tim Nowlin, Linda Duvall, Janet Werner and art historian Joan Borsa. She graduated in 1999 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts, with a Studio Art major.

Since completing university, Campbell has continued to develop her  artistic practice"Practice" is something a person does repeatedly, whether to improve or to do what one does customarily, habitually, or professionally. Writers occasionally refer to what artists do as their practice: "Duchamp's practice" or "Picasso's studio practice." Some prescriptivists have criticized this usage as pretentious. The stronger tradition is to speak of the practices of physicians, lawyers, and dentists. Those professionals must have licenses in order to practice. They are white collar, and less messy. Speaking of an artist's "practice" is somewhat comparable to speaking of an artist's "production" — art making. (artlex.com)  through various educational pursuits. Notably, she has studied at the Emma Lake Artists' Workshops with guest artists Chris Cran, Monica Tapp, and Clay Ellis. She has maintained an active studio practice in Saskatoon, while working at the Photographers’ Gallery (now PAVED Arts) and the Mendel Art Gallery, where she has also led art workshops and classes.

As we can gather from her painting Imperfection Series, found in the ARTSask theme Imaging Conflict and part of the Mendel Art Gallery’s Permanent Collection, Campbell is interested in the  conceptAn idea, thought, or notion conceived through mental activity. The words concept and conception are applied to mental formulations on a broad scale. (Artlex.com)  of memory as the trace that is left behind by an event. As artist, curator, and critic David Garneau writes,

Campbell is not just inspired by the body, she makes direct, visceral records of it. But even these impressions are also metaphors. She hopes the bruises will inspire a more general meditation on memory. Skin is more forgiving than the mind; bruises heal sooner than memories of the violence. Campbell clarifies her intent by suggesting that these works are about ‘the idea of the temporality of existence.’  (Garneau, 2004)

 


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