Children's Exhibition: Westside Story
546 Dean Street, Albury, NSW, 2640, Australia
1st July 2018 to 31st December 2018
Peek inside the cupboards of suburban Australia with artist Mechelle Bounpraseuth. In her new exhibition, Westside Story, Mechelle 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. Mechelle will be leading two ceramics workshops in July, one for children, and one for adults, for those who would like to work directly with the artist to create their own ceramic sculptures.