MAUREEN V

Mel Arsenault

2nd Year, Sculpture
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Biography

As an MFA candidate in Sculpture and Ceramic at Concordia University, where she previously obtained a BFA in Painting and Drawing, Mel Arsenault has participated in several collective exhibitions in Montreal, namely Peinture fraîche et nouvelle construction at the Galerie Art Mûr, Nuit Chromatic at the Usine C, and Art Souterrain in 2018. She also participated in an artist residency for ceramics at the prestigious International Guldagergaard Research Centre in Denmark in 2019. In 2016, she was the recipient of the Outstanding Work and Meaningful Contribution to Ceramics Award given by the Department of Visual Arts at Concordia University. Since then, her work has been shown in Canada, Italy, Romania, and Denmark.

Statement

In the series Shifting Histories, my visual language is developed around notions borrowed from art history, such as the still life and modernism. At first glance attractive and playful, these alluring ceramic assemblages present themselves as pastiches of merchandising, and focus on the perceptual factors that influence the psychology of desire serving to nourish our consumer society. The actors of these installations which can be indefinitely reconfigured have the potential to propose a plurality of narratives that emphasizes the fact that history is a construction which is not of a fixed nature. It is always subject to change based on subsequent discoveries and its level of inclusion. By mixing objects that represent different temporalities, I wish to shed light on the phenomena of omission by patriarchal white History which contributes to exclusions associated with social identities. By presenting these objects in the form of miniature installations, I wished to reduce my environmental footprint while playing with the notion of Bachelard’s imaginary spaces. Also, I question the importance given to the size of a work in regard to artistic validation. Symbolically, this notion of the spectacular grandeur of things can be linked to the perverse issues of economic liberalism. Bigger, faster, better?

Melanger les Histoires / Shifting Histories (2019-20)
30x20x15cm

Melanger les Histoires / Shifting Histories (2019-20)
30x20x15cm