Vintage Plates as Canvas for Witty Messages

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Canadian artist Marie-Claude Marquis gives a second life to traditional enamel plates from “grandmothers”. The kitsch of these white dishes with patterns of kittens or flowers, are transformed under the artist’s typographic intervention into pop culture references.

Marquis uses these vintage plates as a canvas on which she projects witty messages that are both funny and relatable. They can revolve around the image on the plate, or just be random bits of wisdom that is drawn on the ceramic.

“My work is an account of the everyday world in which I live,” says Marquis of her works. “It illustrates the lifestyle and the imagination of people of my generation and especially of those that evolve around me. My work questions human responses, the intimacy of daily life, and the uniqueness of each individual.”

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