Camille Billops' aesthetic choices and creative repertoire are bold and disruptive interpretations of contemporary issues. Straddling between abstraction, surrealism and documentary, Billops’ creative output challenges convention through the sheer act of production. Billops is a clairvoyant muse who brings us one and all into a reality seen only through her irrepressible eyes.

Image: Camille Billops at opening at Clark-Atlanta Art Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, 1990, Jim Alexander photographs

Camille Billops poses in front of her artwork
Camille Billops ceramic piece
Ceramic fountain, Camille Billops artwork on the cover of Black Art: An International Quarterly (Summer 1977)
Black and red print depicting a female figure at center
I am Black, I am Black, I am Dangerously Black (1973)
Film poster for the documentary Finding Christa
Finding Christa (USA, 1991, 55 minutes)

In Finding Christa, Camille Billops turns the camera on herself in an effort to affirm her choice to give up her daughter for adoption as a gesture of love for her child, as well as love for her freedom to make decisions based on her own needs and desires. Finding Christa won the Grand Prize for documentaries at the 1992 Sundance film festival.

James V. Hatch and Camille Billops pose behind one of her sculptures
James V. Hatch and Camille Billops, c. 1970