Featured Artist Sharon Deveaux

Using various camera parts, artist Sharon Deveaux creates intriguing jewelry, assemblage art and fun figures she calls “The Camera Crew.” See more by visiting her website.

 

“f.63 Pendant” Mixed Media with Camera Parts, 2” x 2”

“f.63 Pendant” Mixed Media with Camera Parts, 2” x 2”

 

My discovery of the parts found in vintage film cameras was a total accident. One day, someone gave me a camera that had taken a plunge into the Atlantic Ocean and was ruined. I always wanted to take apart a camera—now I could without guilt. I discovered, that even in that cheap consumer camera, there were many interesting parts that captivated my imagination. This fueled a desire to take apart more cameras.

 

“Gears Pendant” Mixed Media with Camera Parts, 1.25” x 1.75”

“Gears Pendant” Mixed Media with Camera Parts, 1.25” x 1.75”

 

As a photographer trained with film, I am very familiar with film cameras. I zealously protected my personal cameras that I used for photographic work and would never do anything to damage or compromise them in any way—certainly not take them apart! I studied photography at a technical school, and I was also an art/photography major in college. I now do abstract art photography with digital cameras that I don’t take apart.

 

“Mirrored Assemblage” Mixed Media with Camera Parts, 4” x 6.5”

“Mirrored Assemblage” Mixed Media with Camera Parts, 4” x 6.5”

 

I should have kept a record of ALL the film cameras whose parts I have used over the years for my art. Included were Autographics, Argus C3s, Polaroids, Kodak Hawkeyes, SLR Canons, Minoltas and Nikons as well as a few light meters and flash attachments—never anything rare. The parts are made of metal and glass, nothing electronic or plastic. I have accumulated hundreds of them, which requires a good organizing system.

 

“Spiral Assemblage” Mixed Media with Camera Parts, 2” x 2”

“Spiral Assemblage” Mixed Media with Camera Parts, 2” x 2”

 

One of the most intriguing things about these parts is that in their first life they were strictly functional, utilitarian, practical, working and hidden from view. Their only purpose was moving film through the camera and exposing it to light.

 

“Silver Earrings” Mixed Media with Camera Parts, .5” x 1.5”

“Silver Earrings” Mixed Media with Camera Parts, .5” x 1.5”

 

But now they have a second life, with a totally different identity as abstract, artistic, interesting, compelling and fascinating objects, singularly or together. They can now be seen and appreciated for these attributes, having been transformed into something entirely different, unique and new.

 

“Wind Assemblage” Mixed Media with Camera Parts, 2.25” x 2.25”

“Wind Assemblage” Mixed Media with Camera Parts, 2.25” x 2.25”

 

My decision to use only camera parts means that there are limitations and challenges when designing the pieces. It starts with a large part, then adding others to it and seeing what works or not. It can be a lengthy process. I never really know what the finished piece will look like until it looks right to me. Some are obviously photographic with ASA’s, f-stops and photo names. Others have no reference to cameras or photography at all.

 

“Curved Necklace” Mixed Media with Camera Parts, 4” x .5”

“Curved Necklace” Mixed Media with Camera Parts, 4” x .5”

 

They are all one-of-a-kind.

 

“Red Nose Camera Crew” Mixed Media with Camera Parts, 2.25” x 6.25”

“Red Nose Camera Crew” Mixed Media with Camera Parts, 2.25” x 6.25”

 

Currently, I make pendants/earrings, assemblage art and the soon to be famous “The Camera Crew” (though they think they’re already famous). The pendants and the assemblage art are my main work, and The Camera Crew is done for fun (don’t tell them I said that). I thoroughly enjoy making all three.

 

“22/16 Assemblage” Mixed Media with Camera Parts, 2.75” x 2.75”

“22/16 Assemblage” Mixed Media with Camera Parts, 2.75” x 2.75”

 

As far as future work, there are so many different types of cameras waiting to be taken apart and added to my newest collection. I hope to do more metal work, some different applications and make larger pieces.

 

“Exee Pendant” Mixed Media with Camera Parts, 1.25” x 1.25”

“Exee Pendant” Mixed Media with Camera Parts, 1.25” x 1.25”

 

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Comments

  1. Stunning work. Congratulations

  2. Yes it is wonderful!! Your work is very imaginative and such a wonderful idea to re invent. Love your creativity. And thinking outside the box or should I say the camera! Keep on creating! You are fantastic!

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