Fe a t u r e d C o n c o r d i a A r t i s t Mel Arsenault
We only die once, stoneware, 2016.
"Curiosity for the potential of material transformation is one of the many elements motivating my practice; research in glaze chemistry a l l o w s m e to p e r fo r m a n d experiment with a wide variety of mineral matter. I feel like an alchemist as Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m making and exploring glazes to achieve different ef fe c ts of i n ex p l i c a b l e a n d mysterious transmuting. I love the unexpected, want to feel some wonderment and ceramic as a medium, has the capacity to convey those aspects: when a piece goes through the firing process, so many variables are at play that the results (sometimes d i s a p p o i n ti n g) a re o f te n unpredictable and the anticipation of rediscovering a piece that has been transformed by fire is always exciting."
Petri Biomes project
The idea for making the Petri Biomes comes from an aesthetic interest for natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s beautiful compositions of mold and bacteria growing in petri dishes. In this project, the container becomes a place where different ideas about cellular life, landscape and color can be developed.
We only die once..?
These 36 individual self-portraits were made with the idea of quantum physics in mind and question the notion of identity and experience. Based on the string th e o ry , w e w o u ld b e l i v i n g simultaneous lives in deferent locations and periods, meaning that we could die more than once... Curiosities, 2016.
Petri Biome - naxos, porcelain, 2016.
Petri Biome - Wound desert, porcelain, 2016.
Petri Biome - Diffusion, porcelain, 2017.