Now on view at Corey Helford Gallery is Canadian artist Camilla d’Errico’s largest exhibition to date entitled “Sky.” On view through May 5, the show is an outright celebration of what she calls the “human rainbow”—the diversity and beauty found in the varying colors and conditions of our human race. To show its many layers and qualities, d’Errico show debuts 15 new paintings, 15 ink drawings, and an installation featuring an extensive collection of her limited edition accessories, décor, and home goods.
For little more about the artist, and her inside take on life and art, we visited her Instagram. Full of colorful posts, including sketches and paintings of her own, we caught sight of her iconic characters with wide eyes, euphoric creatures, and more.
Whitewall caught up with the artist about what she’s up to on social media, and the importance of positive energy.
WHITEWALL: Who do you follow?
CAMILLA D’ERRICO: Oh boy! I follow a ton of accounts. Some are really silly, but I can’t help what makes my heart soar. I love scrolling through them each day. It’s my morning routine to wake up and look at what’s going on. I especially love the animal and art accounts, baking and memes oh my goodness I gobble them up with my eyeballs every day. These are probably my top ten. @9gag: I can’t get enough of this hilarious account. I love seeing funny memes, they lighten my soul. @winnieharlow: I recently discovered her after I painted a girl with vitiligo and I was completely in awe of how beautiful Winnie is and how strong and empowered her posts are. She’s absolutely stunning! @animalsvideos: all the animal cuteness my heart can handle. @hifructosemag: I love how inclusive they are and share so many artists on their feed, honestly I love them. @beautifulbizarremagazine: this is another great place that shares and celebrates pop surrealist artists. @artistic_unity_: I never know what to expect but know that it’s going to be awesome. @mydeardelores: she’s an up and coming artist with the most adorable art and beautifully executed techniques! @pinkandspicy: Oh mamma, my mouth waters and I want to reach into the screen and eat it all! @little_dragon_pants: Cute little pop culture art and toys mixed in with candles and books I just love it. @manny_the_frenchie: Cute little squish face!!!
WW: What is your #1 tip for social media?
CD: Replies are important. Connect with your followers. I love to read all the comments and reply back as much as I can. My supporters love that I talk to them. It gives a sense of community and brings us closer together. I want to make connections with people because without their support I wouldn’t be able to do what I do!
WW: Do you have a favorite social media interaction?
CD: Oh wow! I have so many it’s hard to pick. The funniest one was in Seattle when I was exhibiting my art at Emerald City Comic Con a few years ago. I was at my table standing next to my friend Richard when this very excited guy came up to us. He says, “Oh man! Hey! I follow you on Instagram!” which happens to me at Cons, but this time he was talking to Richard. Richard’s eyes lit up; so excited to be recognized. Richard isn’t an artist (he’s a doctor who lives in Alberta), so for him to be recognized in public by a stranger was actually surreal and amazing. Both of them were grinning and laughing and shaking hands like exuberant kids. That was until the guy said, “Oh yeah man! I love your art so much!” Richard’s smile drooped like a deflating balloon. He stood tall and quietly said, “Um yeah, I’m not Camilla…this is.” And pointed to me. The look on all our faces was reminiscent of a Seinfeld episode. We had a good laugh of course, but I’ll never forget the day when a fan of mine mistook me for an Asian man. Good times.
WW: What’s one rule you live by on social media?
CD: Put out positive energy into the world. I’m not saying all I post is happy-go-lucky stuff. Because life ain’t like that! But if I’m in a bad mood, I’ll post a funny meme, or if I am feeling down, I’ll try to channel that energy into something positive. I’ll never post mean or harmful things online that belittle others. My rule is to spread love and unity, so that’s my rule to live by!