Melissa LeBlanc

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Artist Statement

Clay has been my absolute addiction since the very first time I’ve touched it 10 years ago.  It’s been a wild love affair ever since.

For the last 3 years I have been delving into the human psyche, through hybrid human/animal clay sculptures.

In a humoristic story telling manner, I explore interesting animal characters with the use of colorful clothing, expressive features and thoughtful poses.I’m interested in exploring human emotion and the overall ups and downs in the narrative that makes up our daily life. Many of these stories, but not all, are inspired by my own experiences. Animals make a rich backdrop for commenting on humanity’s foibles, since we’ve been using them in fairytales since the time of Aesop’s Fables.   Our culture has so much symbolism and meaning associated to animals, that it made using them as a subject matter a natural process.

I get my inspiration everywhere I can get it.  From the grocery store clerk with the shifty eyes to the Spanish colonial wood Santos religious icons.  Everyone is an inspiration.I want people to connect with my work in such a way that will inspire their imagination to create their own stories.

BIOGRAPHY:

Alumni and instructor at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, Melissa is a clay sculptor living and working in Fredericton, NB.  Her sculptural explorations are a product of her vast imagination and humoristic view on life.

In 2013, she was the recipient of the NB Arts Board- Emerging Artist Creation Grant.

In the summer of 2014, Melissa had a solo exhibition of her human/animal hybrid sculptures, at Canada’s largest ceramic art gallery; Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Gallery in London, Ontario.

She can be found wandering the woods and people watching in various café’s across the Maritimes, engrossed in artistic inspiration.

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