Camille Rose Garcia’s (featured in a special sketchbook insert in Hi-Fructose Vol. 30) color choices are neon and acidic, giving her work an inexplicably nightmarish quality. Lime greens and hot pinks glow discordantly against black backgrounds, making one’s skin crawl like the grinding of teeth or a cold sweat in the night. Yet there is an element of harmony in her drawings and paintings. Delicate, ornamental flowers wrap around her compositions. She shows us a picture of the nighttime come alive with spirits and supernatural presences — a party where things that were impossible in one life time are attainable in the next.
Garcia has a solo show opening this Thursday, April 3, at Roq La Rue Gallery in Seattle titled “La Danse Macabre.” Named after Camille Saint-Saens’s 1874 musical piece, the title of the show alludes to the French superstition of the dead rising from their graves to dance with Death when he appears at midnight on Halloween. Like the song, Garcia’s show is sassy and comical despite the spooky undertones.