Cynthia Camlin’s newest work in painting and drawing interprets changes in the world’s oceans. The ghostly architecture of bleached coral in paintings begun in 2016 evokes the rapid withering of ocean life, largely invisible to humans. This new body of work emerges out of many years interpreting environmental change, much of it focused on the arctic.
Camlin is an associate professor of painting and drawing at Western Washington University. In group exhibitions and educational programs Camlin has joined with artists and curators interested in the depth and breadth of human concerns, including the ecologies that make our cultural lives possible. Her courses expand the normal pedagogy of painting/drawing, including an interdisciplinary “Art and Ecology” course and an international course, “Figure and Symbol,” that approaches art-making from an anthropological and global perspective.