Teacher Resources

Eric Cameron

Alice's Rose, 1979-1989

Essential Questions

  • In the making of art it is often said that the process is what is important. What does that means to Eric Cameron in the context of this work?


  • Why is process so important in making art?
  • What is collaboration?
  • What is collaboration with an inanimate object?
  • What is consensus?
  • What is found art?

Suggested Activity

  • It has been said that Cameron's created object has less to do with his creative ability and more to do with collaboration between the artist and the object.
  • If you were working with two others to create an object, would the collaboration emulate the lack of control that has been ascribed to Cameron's work?
  • It is much like the childhood word game where one person starts a story and the next person add their part to the narrative, and the next and so on.
  • Collect boxes of found objects over a couple of weeks. Look through your garage, basement, bedroom and garage sales. Choose your objects with care considering what really appeals to you.
  • You are not just collecting garbage.
  • At the end of the two weeks, the three of you will collaborate in constructing your sculptural piece of art. One person begins by choosing an object from the collection. Then the next person and so on until you have a construction you consider your finest piece of artwork!
  • To work to the common goal, this will require cooperation, communication and consultation between all of you.