LIMINAL
Interview #135


Mechelle Bounpraseuth is a Sydney-based ceramic artist. Through darkly humorous sculptural objects, Mechelle navigates the dirt, absurdity and banality of suburban Australiana, also exploring her identity as the first-gen daughter of Laotian refugee migrants.


By Matt Chun

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ILYSM ZINE: No. 13
Interview by Jenna Elizabeth 


“While each curator had a piece or an artist they felt strongly about, no single artists’ story and art captured our mutual attention in the way that Mechelle’s did. The use of material, the execution and explanation of the motivation really moved us. This submission had it all.” - ILYSM4Artists Judges, The Art Hoe Collective

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IT’S NICE THAT- FEATURE

Mechelle Bounpraseuth’s ceramics practice is deeply rooted in history and family.

From collecting scrap metal with her mother to creating work with her baby in one arm, Mechelle’s creative practice tells the story of her stifled and migratory upbringing.

By Harry Bennett

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COLOSSAL - FEATURE

Domestic Ceramics by Mechelle Bounpraseuth Infused with Culinary Life and Family Memories



Sydney-based artist Mechelle Bounpraseuth crafts life-sized ceramics that explore her identity as a first-generation daughter of Laotian refugees. Her small and glossy ceramic artwork, which ranges from drink cans to widely known sauces, explores her connection with her past and how branded ingredients are rooted in culinary culture and rituals.

By Anna Marks

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THE LITTLE CITY MADE OF CLAY



Mechelle Bounpraseuth-Barilla’s studio space is half workshop and half daycare for little baby Millie. Toys punctuate the floor, next to raw materials and half-finished pieces. The shower has been turned into a bedroom, where a colourful mobile hangs over a child-sized mattress. She tells me, with Millie in her arms, about her ceramic work growing out of a project she did with zines exploring her childhood in South West Sydney, and ideas of acceptance and unhappiness.


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THE ART SHOW

Mechelle Bounpraseuth recreates the everyday Australian suburban existence into ceramic artworks

By Fiona Gruber

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25 JUNE 2017 | SIBLINGS REG MOMBASSA AND PETER O'DOHERTY, MECHELLE AND ANNEY BOUNPRASEUTH, PAULINI // CANVAS: ART AND IDEAS WITH SABELLA D'SOUZA AND DAVID CAPRA


On this episode we talk about sibilings in the arts. We are joined by Chris O'Doherty (a.k.a) Reg Mombassa and Peter O'Doherty, and Anney Bounpraseuth and Mechelle Bounpraseuth. We also chat with Paulini about her role in The Bodyguard. Tracks from Hot Brown Honey.

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UNDER THE RADAR: MECHELLE BOUNPRASEUTH

Deadpan humour and unflinching honesty are hallmarks of Bounpraseuth’s work. She depicts the detritus of city life: cigarette butts, crushed cans and chip packets; scavenging ibis and wide-eyed pigeons.

By Rebecca Gallo

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