2020 Grad Show

Carmen Belanger

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Ceramics

Board of Governors Graduating Student Award Recipient - Ceramics

I believe that the objects that surround us are an extension of our identity. With this in mind, I make work in response to the objects and rituals of the everyday. I have become particularly aware of the relationship I have with the objects in my home and how they affect my mood on a daily basis. I am curious about the interplay of my habits, living conditions, and mental health.

Still Life with Dishes

I have become particularly aware of the relationship we have with dishes and how they affect our mood on a daily basis. I am curious about the interplay of my habits, living conditions and mental health.

This pile of dirty dishes is from a family photo album. On the back, in my mom’s handwriting with a Bic pen, is documented: 1991, microwave 10 year anniversary. And it’s funny because you can’t see the microwave, but it’s there behind the pile of dishes. My parents think they are pretty funny. And somehow it’s easier for me to talk about depression with a bit of humour.

Versions of my mom's favourite cup

A series of cups made in sequence.

Drawing dishes

Part of my practice revolves around participation and collaboration. By inviting outsiders to share information, I am able to draw connections between our private spaces. For this project I asked friends and family to send me photos of their clean and dirty piles of dishes. From those images I made a series of charcoal drawings. As the materiality of the dishes evolved, the function also changed from utilitarian items to still life objects.

How do you stack?

Ten participants performed their dish stacking strategy for an informal experiment.

How to measure time in isolation

How to measure time in isolation is both a video with audio and a site-specific performance/installation. In this project, I am investigating how the COVID-19 lockdown and isolation both amplified and diminished my sense of time. A couple of years ago, I discovered that Sudoku puzzles helped calm my anxiety. I keep a Sudoku book and pen on my nightstand and it helps to slow down racing thoughts at night.