I am a multimedia artist (Camilla Padgitt-Coles, b. 1985, New York, NY) working in audio-visual environments and installations. Coming from a background of painting and drawing, for the past 10 years I have been creating physical real-time atmospheres with light, color and sound.
In general, I am interested in highlighting basic elemental forces around us as well as principles of color and sound therapy, and applying these in my work. My projects span contexts of musical/visual performance, standalone installations, independent publishing, and event curation. The scenarios I have performed in range from playing music for a sound healing meditation to running the lights at a techno dance party, using the same principles as a starting point in either setting.
Using my grandmother’s name, Ivy Meadows, for live performances, I embody the idea that nothing is ever destroyed but rather takes a new form. Through using her name I aim to embody my grandmother’s influence of slow growth and steadfastness. I also rely on the metaphor of gardening to inspire me in my work, taking inspiration from my grandfather, Walter Coles, who was a nurseryman and tended to and propagated plants inside greenhouses. The mindset of the gardener, I have found, can be a useful mental model for the artist—art can also be utilitarian, it can also provide something basic and useful for others.
My recent research is examining more specifically how and where art, meditation, and therapy can combine to create playful experiences through using different sensors, data or inputs in order to inspire an unpredictability or interactivity that is personalized to the viewer. The aim is to create a "moment" or experience where the viewer feels connected in a very basic way to elemental forces and/or simplicity, meditation, and grounding in the body.
I also co-run the label Perfect Wave and its performance space Pineapple Reality in Greenpoint, Brooklyn with Ka Baird.
B.A. in Studio Art from Oberlin College (‘07)
M.P.S. from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (‘19)
Resume and CV available upon request.
camilla.padgittcoles [@] gmail [dot] com