Cammie Staros

'Sunken City'

Cammie Staros engages the visual language of antiquities to examine the role objects play in understanding culture. Staros references Greco-Roman artifacts to reimagine age-old expressions of grand Western narratives, playfully mixing materials like ceramic, acrylic, marble, and neon. She incorporates systems of display as integral parts of her sculptures and installations, simultaneously exploring how stories of the past are told through objects and how those objects and their meanings might change in an imagined future.

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Cammie Staros, "Pascina reflexionis" (detail), 2022, ceramic, acrylic, wood, laminate, powder-coated steel, water, aquatic filtration system, grow light, and seiryu stone, 76 x 22 x 22 in. Courtesy of the artist and Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles.

Sunken City presents Staros’ work in a winding layout, mirroring the labyrinth of the ancient myth of the minotaur, which has been a recent source of inspiration for the artist. Within this structure, Staros presents new ceramic vessels, carved marble sculptures, and wall hangings meticulously conjoining forms cast from Greek coins. Adorned with delicate chains resembling spiderwebs, they evoke the eventual decay of even the most valued systems of functional human societies.

About the artist

Cammie Staros (b. 1983, Nashville, Tenn.) received her B.A. in art and semiotics from Brown University in 2006 and her M.F.A. from the California Institute of the Arts in 2011. She is represented by Shulamit Nazarian in Los Angeles and has shown solo exhibitions with François Ghebaly, Los Angeles; Galerie Lefebvre & Fils, Paris; the Institute of Contemporary Art, San Diego; Pitzer College, Claremont, Calif.; and Providence College, R.I. Staros has received several awards, grants, and residencies, including a 2023 Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant and a 2020 Guggenheim Fellowship.

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Sunken City is organized by SCAD Museum of Art curator Ben Tollefson and presented as part of SCAD deFINE ART 2024.

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