Born on 1 July 1947 in Franche-Comté, Camille Virot trained in the art of ceramics between the School of Fine Arts in Besançon and the Decorative Arts in Strasbourg.
Through her work, the artist tends to turn away from the object to become part of the search for the potential of materials. The reflection here is fuelled by her numerous experiments. From 1991 to 1995, Camille Virot went to meet the potters of West Africa accompanied by about fifteen French ceramists. From this trip each brought back images, notebooks of drawings, words, films and collections of pottery. The Museum of Contemporary Art in Dunkirk and the Maison de la Céramique in Mulhouse were among the first to exhibit these potteries, which were also shown in various art centres and other places cultural events, such as at the Musée de la céramique de Sèvres in 2011-2012, and more recently at the Musée des Confluences, which hosts the Terres d’Afrique collection in 2017.
For Camille Virot, “The ceramic object is not a ‘real sculpture’ since it can be taken in the hands; it necessarily calls for a contact; if one is content to look from afar it is no longer an object but a landscape. As a ceramist we inherit a whole vocabulary of object forms: urn, jug, bowl, saltcellar, brick, tile, box… When I make a bowl, I forget its function of use, what interests me is the being alone, its physical nature (body, lips, feet) and its flesh (rough or glazed). Its individuality, its solitude. »