Palette knife in one hand, with story on her mind. When Nora Camps began her career in commercial design, she and many of her contemporaries came from a background in Fine Art. Sensibility of space, colour and rhythm were key ingredients of seeing, sorting and organizing elements for commercial art. More than 20 years later, Nora is a Marketing Communications Strategist, Story Teller and Fine Artist – intertwined in experience and output.
Nora’s expressionistic work includes themes of meditation, the natural world and reaching for potential. Her paintings and photography are in private collections across Canada.
Exhibition of paintings
Paper Mill Gallery Toronto, August 2014
The Artist Project, Toronto March 2011
Paper Mill Gallery Toronto, SARAYU 2010
Gladstone Hotel – Mugs with Frames 2009
Opening of Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation 2009
Paper Mill Gallery Toronto, Gallery Nora Spring Show, April 2008
Paper Mill Gallery Toronto, Gallery Nora Winter Show, February 2007
Paper Mill Gallery Toronto, Gallery Nora Spring Show, April 2006
Paper Mill Gallery Toronto, Gallery Nora Spring Show, April 2005
Balzac, The Distillery District – Body Image Redefined, 2004
Balzac, The Distillery District – A life in paintings, 2003
Nora photographed and authored ‘To Thine Own Self Be True–Body Image Redefined’. (Limited edition ISBN-10: 0973940301)
In this startlingly beautiful and moving collection of black and white close-up photographs of women’s bodies, Nora Camps incorporates the stories behind the photos, marrying image with story. The images themselves were directed by each subject, who – in privacy and solitude, and in front of a mirror – viewed and chose a specific part of her body that she liked to be photographed. The images are, in essence, curated by the models in collaboration with Nora as photographer.
The photos became a jumping off point for conversations about body image, wherein the viewers project themselves onto the images. This was before the famous Dove women’s body image ad campaign.
Artists in the family
Nora grew up in a home filled with music and art – there were sketches on every piece of paper, paintings and possibilities everywhere. Nora’s mother, Marietta Camps, is a west coast artist who uses watercolour and oils to create scenes of corn husks, windy roads, long beaches and abandoned buildings. Another artist in the family is MaryAnn Camps, a celebrated Ottawa, Ontario artist.
Nora Camps is the founder and principal of Duo Strategy and Design. The company reflects Nora’s vision: integrating leading-edge design and rigorous consulting to produce uniquely effective corporate communication using storytelling. http://www.duo.ca.
Sharing and reciprocity are Nora’s deep beliefs. When asked by a colleague what was Nora’s ultimate life goal – she replied, “The road to my vocation is clear – love helping people achieve great things – connecting people with ideas and each other, and connecting disparate ideas to produce clear stories. Paintings and small collections of photographs exemplify the personal side of that reality.”