Spiller + cameron
(British, b. 1962 and 1991, respectively)
Spiller + Cameron is the compilation of mastermind mother-and-son Moira Cameron and Xavier Spiller-Cameron. Between the two, ideas are born, plans are developed, and aims are approached, combining an understanding they share for aesthetic qualities and a joint passion for creativity. The works are assembled in union, with each collaborator bringing his and her strengths and weaknesses to the union -- Xavier introducing his youthful, contemporary energy and vitality to Moira’s maturity and experience. It is from this unique perspective and collaboration that the Rag Series was born.
Their newest series, Rag Paintings, are made from salvaged, torn up sheets and pillowcases, previously used as artist paint rags. At first glance the pieces look like one abstract work; details become more evident upon close inspection. Each Rag Painting is assembled from rag remnants, each containing abstract marks and traces of paint and color -- sometimes a footprint, or blotting of a dot or letter can be made out. The rags have been washed, flattened, primed, and meticulously stitched together to form a 9-panel construction. The number 9 is significant to the artists, being a significant representation of the number for love, completeness, enlightenment and communication. With this 9-panel stitching, the Rags Series highlights the incidental and accidental beauty obtained from a byproduct of a creative art process. Each panel demonstrates its own unique wear and tear, wrinkles of age, and wisdom. These new works place the rags into a new context for analysis and reconsideration, re-contextualizing them by offering possibilities for metamorphosis and a new life. The paintings harness the energy of the materials’ previous use and, like alchemy, transmute a base product into something worthy of contemplation.