Biography

Born in France, Camille Perrottet worked as a free-lance photographer in Paris in the 1970’s. Arriving in New York City in 1979, she honed her political art in the mid-1980s, painting community murals in New York City with Artmakers Inc. Her sense of social engagement, however, began as a teenager in the 1960‘s, protesting the Vietnam war. It has continued with advocating for women’s rights and freedom of expression, expressing outrage at the hypocrisy inherent in the suppression and control of sexuality (especially that of women) perpetuated in the name of religion, and more recently raising awareness of pollution in the environment. Camille Perrottet works in various media, including photography, painting, collage, installation and video. Her work always offers a message as nuanced as it is provocative. Whether the imagery is abstract or realist and its meaning subtle or overt, Camille Perrottet infuses her work with dreamy lightness and great wit without diluting its sharp questioning and healthy defiance of authority. She lives now between the United States and Europe. She has received awards from the NYSCA, The Arts Council Consortium and from The Puffin Foundation grants. Her work is part of “The Charlie Archive” at the Harvard University Library. Her New York exhibitions include the Guild Hall Museum of Art, Long Island Biennale at the Heckscher Museum of Art, The Godwin Ternbach Museum, The Wiseman Gallery at The Rogue Community College, Oregon, the Hedge Library, Guilford College, NC. Her work is part of numerous public and private collections in Europe and the US.