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Ai Campbell

About Ai Campbell
Born in Osaka, Japan, Ai trained in oil painting at the Kyoto College of Art and Design. In 2013 you may have seen Ai’s work at “Select Fair Miami” at the Rush Arts Gallery in Florida, SPARKBOOM’s “Post No Bills” show in Huntington, NY, the ISE cultural foundation and Cutlog art fair in NY and at Tristle Projects and Corridor Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. We first spotted her working away at the Gowanus Open Studio in Brooklyn.

With strong black and white references, Ai contends with an audience who begs her to use color in her ethereal ink renderings.... read more
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In conversation with Ai Campbell

Erin: What are you curious about?

Erin: Describe your art and describe your process.

Ai: Three things that are really important to my work are visual stimulation, beauty and complexity. I like things that are jarring, beautiful and intricate all at the same time. I’m obsessed with creating patterns. A lot of my visual ideas come from nature. I take photos as I walk on the streets or wherever and use them for my work.
Also it’s about textures, monochromatic, negative and positive spaces. In my current paintings, there are generally two processes intended to represent spontaneity and intentionality, respectively. I work with ink and water a lot. When I drop it on my canvas it breaks loose and finds it’s way to settle. I cannot really control how it moves. Then I start drawing details on the same surface and that’s the part that I can better control with precision in the second process. I like those two aspects together.

Erin: Where do you get your inspiration from?

Ai: Bones, holes, rocks, organic shapes, nature forms that that have been developed over long periods of time and other things that make me be aware of long passages of time.
I have a little book that I always carry with me. Whatever ideas and words that inspire me I record. When I go back to the book and read through it, I often find the path to my next project. It’s funny but sometimes I realize that I wrote down the same exact words over and over again. I try to pay attention to what I’m feeling and what’s really going on with me every day.
Erin: What’s your scariest experience?

Ai: Being chased by a stranger twice. First time it happened in my hometown when I was in high school, second time was when I was traveling in Singapore. I often have those types of dreams but it’s the worst when it happens in the real life. Why they had to choose me and scare me out of thousands of people?

Erin: What jobs have you done other than being an artist?

Ai: Digital image retoucher

Erin: What currently inspires you — what are you reading, listening to or looking at that drives your work?

Ai: I’ve really been into bones, especially animal bones for quite a while. The bold shapes and the textures are inspirational. It’s very fascinating when I look at the animal skulls that hang on my studio walls and think that it used to be moving under living skin.

Erin: Big picture or details?

Ai: Details, details and details.
Erin: Chaos or order?

Ai: More towards Chaos. When it comes to art I get fascinated to see chaos in order, something that appears clean, simple and in order from a distance yet has very intense details close up.

Erin: What’s your favorite bar in Brooklyn?

Ai: Gran Electrica, I’m a big fan of their Margaritas.