Mechelle Bounpraseuth: Westside Story
When: Thursday 5 July - Sunday 9 December 2018
Where: MAMA Peepholes
Explore scenes from inside the kitchen cupboards of Australia in Westside Story. Sydney artist Mechelle Bounpraseuth creates unique still life scenes in ceramics, as she reminisces on her own childhood growing up as a first generation Australian in the south west of Sydney.
One might imagine opening a cupboard in the artists' family home, finding condiments like soy sauce, fish sauce, her dad’s empty Nescafe jars filled with MSG, garlic and oil, along with ‘typical’ Australian condiments like Heinz tomato sauce, Vegemite and Gravox. The cupboards represent part of the artists story, growing up in public housing with Laotian refugee and migrant parents.
Bounspraseuth uses these iconic objects and scenes to highlight the cultural connections that are shared in the mundane and banal details of everyday Australian life.
Bounspraseuth completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the National Art School, and is currently undertaking a Masters of Fine Arts. Although primarily working with ceramics, her practice also includes drawing, photography, artist books and zines. She has exhibited at the National Gallery of Australia, Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre, Craft Victoria and Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney.