Cybèle B. Pilon is a multidisciplinary artist and professional trained ceramist. Born in Montreal in 1990 (Quebec, Canada), she lives and works there. After a BA in communication at University of Montreal in 2013, she completed a DEC in applied arts-ceramics in 2017 at Bonsecours ceramic Center. Since 2017, Cybèle has been working mainly with clay through the prism of functional art and uses pattern as a form of visual communication. Inspired by her french canadian cultural heritage, she develops a discourse around decorative art, feminism and identity. Her work, characterized by colors and water carved patterns, has been exhibited in Canada, Europe, United States and in thousands of homes around the world.
« Although I work mainly with ceramic paste, the "decorative" remains the real main raw material of my practice. I am also interested in everything that is considered non-essential, superfluous and consequently tagged as feminine in Western culture. Through what we can identified as "functional" or paradoxically "decorative" art, I like to explore issues like identity construction, transmission and memory.
I find my inspiration in vernacular art, pop culture and decorative practices traditionally performed by women. I create colorful, highly ornamented and sometimes ambiguous objects. I do not seek to correspond to the dominant aesthetic codes that favor masculinity, straight lines and sobriety. My visual signature is somewhere between the traditional and the contemporary, the princess and the clown, glittering brush strokes made by child hands.
I think art should impregnate our ordinary daily life and I believe that the domestic space is a radical and powerful place of artistic diffusion. Therefore, I militate for the de-hierarchization of functional object in the art world. »
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