Camille Hawbaker + Julia Ibinni

September 8 – November 5, 2017 

Fragile Boundaries, opening Friday, September, at Darger HQ, will feature work by Camille Hawbaker (Omaha, Nebraska) and Julia Ibbini (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates) and will be on view through November 5th.  The opening reception will be 6:00 to 9:00 pm, with an artist talk at 8:00 pm, moderated by Alex Priest, Exhibitions Manager, Bemis Center of Contemporary Art. 

Julia Ibbini works with pattern, color, and texture through digital and hand manipulations. Her work bridges new technology and traditional ornamental designs as she explores a sense of identity, or finding one’s place in life.  Camille Hawbaker also works with pattern, color, and texture as a way to explore identity in language, and the places where words fall apart. She uses traditional “craft” processes to transform the material.   Both artists navigate the fragile boundaries of art and craft and cultural identity. 

Jordanian-British Julia Ibbini has spent the majority of her life in Abu Dhabi, and now works from a studio space in the heart of the city.  Camille Hawbaker grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, and lives and works in Omaha, Nebraska. 

Julia Ibbini

“My work is a process of questioning through which I dissect elements of the sociological and cultural systems around me. I have always been motivated to explore questions of identity – what does identity really mean? How do we construct it? How do we navigate the social and cultural norms to which we are bound? I direct these questions both inwardly, to me personally, and outwardly – towards a universal being. I am fascinated by how, as people, we find our place – how we develop our sense of belonging in a busy, complicated world of rules, contradictions and expectations.”

Camille Hawbaker

“I write to convey desires, pain, observations, and reflections in personal journals. As my perception transforms, I sense that my words do not express my actual thoughts: the words are a fabric of conventions in which the meaning has vanished. To disrupt the language, I draw, write with flammable liquid, burn, print, and then sew the fragments back together. The resultant objects are created in destruction, and contain the history of what they were within the actuality of what they are.  A new, tactile vocabulary with decorative forms and organic motifs emerges. To me, the motifs reflect the principles of design that govern natural growth, and movement towards an intuitive, bodily understanding that aligns with the passage of time, decay, regeneration, and the perpetual cycles of these processes.”

More information can be found on the artists’ websites: