Cameron Jamie

Enceladus Grove

Spine Station

Cameron Jamie installs long ceramic sculptures surrounding the scene of the fall of the giant who dared to confront Jupiter, in the Enceladus Grove. Between organic and spiritual, or between the ancient and the present day’s mythologies, these creatures occupy an in-between world, from which emanates a cathartic energy.

Presentation of the artist’s work by the curator of the exhibition

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Spine Station

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Enceladus Grove

The Enceladus Grove was designed by André Le Nôtre and then created from 1675 to 1677. The grove is named after the central ornament of its circular pool, the monumental figure of one of the most powerful Giants, Enceladus. Punished for having dared to challenge and to attack the Olympus’ gods, Enceladus, son of Ouranos, is half-buried under the lava and the rocks he himself stacked aiming to reach the sky.

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About the work

The Enceladus Grove is the scene of the fall of the giant who dared to confront Jupiter. When Enceladus is defeated, a royal curse is bestowed upon him for all eternity. His furore and scream are charged with dramatic tension that Cameron Jamie transforms into cathartic energy. His long ceramic sculptures are like totems that accentuate the conflictual relationship between nature, human, and gods. Between organic and spiritual, or between the ancient and the present day’s mythologies, these creatures occupy an in-between world, from which emanates an energy that provokes an emotional enchantment.

About the artist

Born in 1969 in Los Angeles, USA, Cameron Jamie lives and works in Paris, France.

Cameron Jamie questions how strength, which shaped ancient legends and continues to structure our imagination today, manifests itself. His practice spans various media including video, drawing, and sculpture. Jamie’s films are a cross between documentary and experimental filmmaking, and focus on popular rituals. Ritual is a central theme in the artist’s work, including as part of the creative process. His sculptures, for example, arise from a gesture that closely resembles incantation. From this gesture, spontaneous and intuitive in equal parts, faces are inevitably born; it is as if creation, the work of art, were forever haunted by archaic energies from time immemorial, and had lost nothing of its power to enchant even today.

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