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Camilla Huey

Tandem Pursuits: Armor and Ichthyology 
Glyndor Gallery | September 15–December 1, 2013

Mary Alice Dyckman Portrait, 2013
Silk, mica on tuille, paper and wood
16 ½” x 19” x 26”
Courtesy of the artist 
Photo: Ken Goebel 

Camilla Huey is an artist and couturière who uses clothing and adornment to give life to historical figures. She often combines costumes with objects, such as books, to create sculptural figures that embody the personality and interests of the people to whom she pays tribute. For this exhibition she has created two pieces inspired by Bashford Dean and his wife, Mary Alice Dyckman Dean. Bashford Dean is represented by an installation in the cupboard, which Huey transforms into a cabinet of curiosities displaying items related to Dean and his passions. His wife, a member of the storied Dyckman family of New York, is portrayed in a corset piece.  In both pieces, artfully crafted fabric forms are combined with books, letters, objects and other ephemera to create a delightful characterization of these figures, steeped in historical research.

Huey’s artwork has been exhibited at the Bard Graduate Center, New York, NY, and the Morris-Jumel Mansion, New York, NY. Her show and accompanying performance at the Morris-Jumel Mansion, The Loves of Aaron Burr: Portraits in Corsetry & Binding, paid homage to the women who surrounded and influenced the controversial founding father. Each woman was represented by a corset made from paper and cloth and styled to suit her individual personality. Huey is the director of House of Execution, where she fabricates couture of her own design and by other designers. Her clients include celebrities and designers, including Giorgio Armani, Vera Wang, Valentino and Tommy Hilfiger.

Bashford Dean Portrait, 2013
Cotton textile, batting and papier-mâché
Dimensions variable
Courtesy of the artist
Photo: Ken Goebel

Mary Alice Dyckman Portrait, 2013
Silk, mica on tuille, paper and wood
16 ½” x 19” x 26”
Courtesy of the artist 
Photo: Ken Goebel 

The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts. 
 

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