Floral brass knuckles. Hand-formed from coloured porcelain, they measure 7 L x 5.5 W x 9 H cm and were made in 2021.
Kathy Ouellette graduated from Visual Arts at University Laval and from the Maison des Métiers d’Art de Québec, in the ceramic department. She works with ceramics in a versatile way. She has exhibited in various solos and collectives in Quebec and abroad, notably in Belgium and South Korea. With more than 20 years of expertise in ceramics, she is developing new series on the object in relation to the body.
This series of rings was created to be playful, dramatic and romantic. The extravagant shapes and swirls are reminiscent of baroque design, merging leaves, flowers and arabesques. Each ring is built as a small sculpture.
Kathy also enjoys playing with the contrast of a soft material that will become hard as stone. The search of contrast between the opulence of the shapes and the sobriety of the colour drives the artist. The concept suggests gold and brilliance, but in the end and by taste for paradox, the artist translates opulence and theatricality through matte and charred textures.