b. 1985 Sydney, Australia
Lives and works in Sydney, Australia
Mechelle Bounpraseuth is a Sydney based artist whose practice includes drawing, video, zines and ceramics.
Bounpraseuth uses her work as a way to understand and process the loss of cultural heritage, inherited trauma, childhood memories, and as a way to navigate her own identity as the child of Laotian parents. Primarily working with clay, Bounpraseuth has also used zines, video and drawing to make artworks that explore these themes. Using humour, scale and material skill she creates ambiguous objects, rooted in her own experience but that connect to audiences in personal and singular ways.
She graduated from the National Art School in 2016 and was awarded the Trudie Alfred Bequest Scholarship. She has since been the recipient of the Highly Commended Prize, Woollahra Small Sculpture; Fishers Ghost Prize for Sculpture and the Macquarie Group Emerging Art Prize. Recent exhibitions include Ceramic pipes, socks & globular, bumpy, suggestive objects, Conners Conners, Fitzroy, VIC and Female Drivers, Maitland Regional Gallery, NSW.
Her artworks have been published in Art Almanac, Art and Australia, The Journal of Australian Ceramics and Art Collector and has been collected by Art Bank, National Gallery of Australia and the National Library of Australia.