Cameron Welch USA, b. 1990
“I’m biracial and that’s always been a very big springboard for a lot of my practice, always living with that liminal space. I identify with collage in that same way, colliding one context with another to see what happens with that space.”
Cameron Welch is a mosaic artist who employs the materials and processes of his medium to develop narratives relating to his bi-racial identity, and his experiences being raised by a single mother in the Midwestern United States.
Welch’s compositions are embedded with references to his personal history and memories, and to contemporary culture. The content within the work is heavily abstracted, yet full of drama, emotion, and myth. The works tend to be large-scale, and consist of thousands of hand-cut, inlaid pieces of glass and stone.
Welch is interested in the ways mosaic and collage are material manifestations of intertextuality. The physical aspects of the work evoke ancient art history, while the subject matter introduces figures and stories that are completely absent from these types of works when viewed in institutional settings like museums or art history books. Welch refers to the colliding contexts he opens up in the work as a kind of “infiltration.”
Welch earned a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from Columbia University. His work has recently been exhibited at Frieze New York, NADA New York, NADA Miami, UNTITLED Miami, The Armory Show, and Art Brussels. He recently produced a unique print in collaboration with Art in America Magazine for their New Talent Issue, guest edited by Antwaun Sargent. Welch was nominated for the Rema Hort Mann Emerging Artist Grant in 2016, and was the recipient of One River School’s Emerging Art Award in 2019.
Abstraction & Social CritiqueKavi Gupta | 835 W. Washington Blvd. Floor 1, Chicago, IL, 60607 23 Oct 2021 - 1 Jan 2022Kavi Gupta proudly presents Abstraction and Social Critique, an intergenerational group show of artists whose aesthetic positions declare the continued relevance and influence of abstraction. The artist James Little, whose masterful geometric paintings are included in the exhibition, offers this personal elucidation of why he chose to pursue abstraction in...