Émilie Coquil is a french ceramic artist based in Montreal. She works with porcelain and digital photography to create original ceramic wall art. Her focus is on the old printing process of lithography that she adapted for clay.
In her practice she reaffirms the necessity for a tactile and poetic experience of viewing. Her favorite subject is called ukiyo* in the Buddhist tradition: the evanescent, changing and ephemeral aspect of life.
Her work has been shown at Montreal Museum of Fine Art, and various events in Canada, England and France and is now available at Artêria gallery.
I transform my digital photographs into tactile images updating the old process of printing lithography on clay. In the spirit of the pictorialist movement, I use manual interventions at the printing stage to transform the photograph into a unique work of art and tell a new story.
I take pictures wherever I go, in the streets of Peru, France, England, Denmark, Canada, Russia, Hungary, Portugal, India… and of course currently in my city Montreal.
But the location itself is not the main subject of my work. I am looking for a poetic and ephemeral moment, borrowing marks from life, far from all perfection. It is in this space that I find the beauty, which ultimately makes us human.
“There is a crack in everything that’s how the light gets in“. Leonard Cohen
I also publish regularly news and instructive articles about how to learn ceramics on neo-ceramistes.com.
“Vivre uniquement le moment présent, se livrer tout entier à la contemplation de la lune, de la neige, de la fleur de cerisier et de la feuille d’érable… ne pas se laisser abattre par la pauvreté et ne pas la laisser transparaître sur son visage, mais dériver comme une calebasse sur la rivière, c’est ce qui s’appelle ukiyo
Asai Ryōi, Les Contes du monde flottant (Ukiyo monogatari), 1665