Colleen Dwyer Meloche is a Montreal based artist who works predominantly with porcelain. Her art practice ranges from eclectic ceramics for the home to sculptural constructions incorporating
clay, wood, metal and at times, found objects.
In her functional work, Colleen layers stencils of coloured underglazes and applies image transfers as surface treatment. Each piece renders a variation of the colour palette on a black and white base.
Her precariously assembled sculptures reminiscent of toys, circus equipment and the domestic refuge explore idealism in childhood and play, the tension between the cherished and the reviled and the desire for balance of work and pleasure in domestic space. Colleen’s work questions the underside of precious as it plays out in the metaphors of bell jars, tightropes and spinning tops.
Colleen received her BFA with distinction from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. She has participated in long-term ceramic internships in both Montreal (AtelierTransit) and the south of France (Office Franco-québecois pour la Jeunesse); where she enjoyed individual mentoring and on-site experience in driving a professional art practice. Colleen has also studied drawing in Italy and has exhibited in France, the United States and Canada.