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Raconteuse


Jessie Yvette Journoud-Ryan



Wednesday 12 June - Sunday 7 July 2019

Opening Wednesday 12 June, 6.30-8pm

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I like a good story.
We all have a story of our own.
The crockery used to create these pieces have their own histories too.

Raconteuse is a reflection on a selection of anecdotes - be it fables, song lyrics or my own personal narratives.

The presence of animals - particularly birds - in my work stems from my interest in Jean de la Fontaine’s work Les Fables de la Fontaine: these fables were ever-present throughout my childhood in France. One fable tells the story of little birds who neglect the wise and well-travelled swallow’s advice, leading to their eventual demise.

Another piece - a variation of Aesop’s The Deer and the Vine - is an age old uncompromising tale on ingratitude.

As a dual citizen of France and Australia, having my feet on both shores, birds reflect my personal narratives of migration, belonging and displacement. The migratory process, a long and epic journey and the trials along the way.

Many of the works are a personal reflection on the longing for home, nostalgia and the tangling or untangling of my own understanding of my multicultural identity – hence my question on duality: Zebra Finch/Finch-Zebra in Duality: I Could be Rich Like a Wandering Gypsy.

Feathers here are weighty artefacts that reminisce on weightless memories, an oscillation between reverie and burden. In this particular series, they are meditative pieces with a focus on the fish scale pattern, a prominent shape in my work, which is a reference to my French heritage: one of the many mesmerising repetitive traditional patterns of the glazed roof tiles of Burgundy.

And finally: Cockatoos.The sound and sight of this raucous and riotous bunch in the landscape of my Australian patch, deeply resonate home to me too…



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