Mechelle Bounpraseut’s miniature ceramics explore her identity as a first-generation daughter of Laotian refugees. The tiny ceramics include branded food and drink items that have become deeply rooted in our culture.
Raised as a Jehovah’s Witness, the Sydney-based artist was prevented from following her artistic dreams which led her to leaving the faith in her 20s, getting married, and fulfilling her artistic passions. She began by drawing and creating zines until she enrolled in a ceramics course and discovered her talent for the medium. Soon enough she was crafting household items in clay and bright colors.
One of her designs is a Heinz Ketchup bottle, a staple in many fridges throughout the world, which represents her family eating pho together—a recipe that would take her family all day to create. These creations help her look back at her childhood and create new memories. Although her family passed down food traditions, other aspects like religion weren’t followed.
Are there foods that remind you of your childhood?
Check out more of the artists’ creations below.