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Camomile Hixon (born Camomile Mary Weiss (Molly) in 1970) is a visual artist whose primary medium is glitter and paint on canvas. Her works range from large-scale installations and environments to The Search for the Missing Unicorn, an interactive street art project that has reached over 120 countries. She received a BFA from Hofstra University and has been working actively as a professional artist since 2010.
Early life and Education
Hixon was born in NYC and raised in Milford, Connecticut. She studied Filmmaking/ Philosophy at Hofstra University and moved to Los Angeles to work in the Film industry as an executive for Sanford-Pillsbury Productions. During that time Hixon developed independent film projects and focused on music; composing, singing and recording. She also studied the light classical music of North India under Guruji Mala Ganguly including voice in Sanskrit/Bengali and harmonium. After a number of years, Hixon moved to New York City with her husband, Dylan, and two small sons, Soren and Casimir. Camomile studied Opera with Ms. Edna Lind of the Metropolitan Opera and developed the aesthetic approach that would become Glitter Paintings that have been exhibited and collected in the U.S. and abroad.
In 2010 Hixon made the first Glitter YES painting for a party and the mood in the room was unusually joyous. Art dealer, Latifa Metheny of Tria Gallery couldn’t help but notice and offered her a solo show on the spot. Sparkle followed in April 2010, an exhibition of paintings featuring words, punctuation, flowers, and fireworks. This show was a near sellout and another show, Scintilla followed a few months later at the same space on West 25th St in Chelsea, NYC. Tastemakers Bob and Cortney Novogratz took notice by acquiring two pieces for their townhouse in the West Village and featuring her art on two episodes of the internationally syndicated HGTV show Home by Novogratz. Hixon’s work was also featured on the nationally syndicated Wendy Williams show in 2011. Hixon has since exhibited glitter paintings in Singapore and on three separate occasions in Japan with Giant Mango Gallery as well as in Austria and Germany with Velvinoir Gallery. Shows and works on view in the U.S. include Los Angeles at Bergamot Station with Frank Pictures Gallery, Dallas, Texas at Gallery Noir, San Francisco with Stephanie Breitbard Fine Art and Washington D. C. at Dalton Pratt. Her museum shows include the American Textile Museum, Lowell Massachusetts, The Lyman Allyn Museum of Art, New London Connecticut, and The Cornell Museum of Art, Delray Beach, Florida.
The Missing Unicorn Project
The search for the Missing Unicorn began in New York City in the Fall of 2010 when Hixon and a team posted thousands fliers that read: Missing Unicorn~ Large female with friendly disposition last seen entering Central Park at West. 72nd St. If seen, please call and leave a message. Denizens of New York City participated by leaving thousands of phone calls to the dedicated phone-line as the project when viral. New York Magazine, MSNBC and The Los Angeles Times. covered the story and famed fashion photographer Terry Richardson took an art photo of the poster. People from over 120 countries and in various languages have contributed to this on-going interactive street art piece by leaving messages on the Unicorn Hotline, uploading images of their sightings on missingunicorn.com and downloading the poster to begin their own searches. Hixon believes in the power of dialogue to diffuse conflicts and promote understanding among cultures around the world and she sees the Missing Unicorn Project as an olive branch for the 21st century, capable of disarming people so they may focus on their likenesses as they tell stories of joy, hope, and the possibility of unrequited dreams fulfilled. The notion of infinite possibility for one’s self and the world is symbolized by the Unicorn.
Unicorns in Residence Providence
Unicorns in Residence Providence 2015 represents a partnership with Camomile Hixon and the major institutions of Providence, Rhode Island to bring imaginative play to its citizens through the arts. The public is invited on an interactive search for the Missing Unicorn and to be inspired by unicorn art throughout the city. A number of unicorn related exhibitions have taken place and are being hosted by the partners: Brown University Libraries, RISD Museum, RISD Library, Department of Parks and Recreation, Department of Art, Culture and Tourism, Partnership for Providence Parks, Providence Athenaeum, Providence Children's Museum, Providence Community Libraries, and Providence Public Library. The Project is being curated by RISD Museum Board Member Helene Miller.
Super-sized Flower Installations
Hixon’s enormous kinetic flower sculptures are made of PVC, cellophane and other materials including copper wire and feathers. Her first such installation Windblown Lavender 2011 was installed across the façade of the Lyme Art Association, Old Lyme, Connecticut. The Children’s Museum of the Arts in SoHo commissioned a 15’ Dandelion Plant made of cellophane for their lobby in 2012. For Armory Art week, as part of the Armory sponsored lecture series Hixon exhibited Fly Away Dandelions an installation that filled a gallery with dandelion seed heads made of brass wire and cellophane.
Head in The Clouds Installation 2015
For Brown University’s 250th Anniversary, Hixon was invited to fill five floors of Brown’s Granoff Center for the Creative Arts Building with wire mesh clouds. The cloud formation was seen floating through the building at an oblique angle with corresponding video projection on five large screens and a GroudCloud environment where the viewer was invited to climb into a cloud and read poetry.
Hixon exhibited 9 glitter paintings on canvas entitled Textile Studies at the American Textile History Museum, Lowell MA in 2010. Hixon was invited by the Central Park Conservancy in November 2010 to exhibit two life-sized glitter unicorns in Central Park as part of the Missing Unicorn Project. These works were on view during the NYC Marathon. The Lyman Allyn Museum of Art in New London, CT hosted Hixon’s Unicorn Stampede in 2013, consisting of an environment with 24 life-sized glitter unicorns, elaborate lighting and music composed and sung by Hixon The Cornell Museum of American Art in Delrey Beach FL is currently exhibiting a group show entitled Bling: Art that Shines featuring Hixon, Damien Hirst and others through July 2015 Maison 24, a high-end gift shop on Park Ave and 58th St. regularly invites Hixon to design windows using her glitter paintings
- 891 ABC Adelaide, two radio appearances in Australia November 24, 2010
- Home by Novogratz appearance, September 10, 2011 Episode HHBN-103H
- National Talk Radio Irleand, Camomile met with Sean Moncrieff, September 19, 2012
- News Channel 8 interview with Ann Nyberg November 13, 2013
- "Neighborhood News: Upper West Side: Signs were posted offering a reward for the return of a "missing unicorn"". New York Magazine. Retrieved 15 November 2010.
- Kozlowski, Lori. "The history of unicorns and the case of one gone missing in New York City". LA Times. Retrieved 22 February 2012.
- Grant, Drew. "The Daily WTF: The Mystery of the Missing Unicorn". Retrieved 9 November 2010.
- "Missing unicorn, reward offered". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 21 November 2010.
- van Straaten, Laura. "Hunting for unicorns—on Rhode Island". The Art Newspaper. Retrieved 30 December 2014.
- Nilsson, Casey. "The Unicorns are Coming! The Unicorns are Coming!". Rhode Island Monthly. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
- Dunne, Susan. "Lyman Allyn Hosts Sunday Tea With The Unicorns". Hartford Courant. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
- Thomason, John. "'Bling' Shines at Cornell Museum". Retrieved 17 April 2015.
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- The Missing Unicorn
- Unicorns in Residence
- Maison 24
- Azart Gallery
- Gallerie Noir
- Stefanie Breitbard Fine Arts
- Giant Mango Gallery
- Velvenoir Gallery
- Diane Birdsall Gallery
- J. Alexander Flagship Showroom
- Current Home Ny
- Children's Museum of the Arts
- Providence Public Library
- Brown University Library
- Partnership for Providence Parks
- Providence Parks and Recreation