Whether or not working with porcelain or spray paint on wooden panel, Morel Doucet begins with magnificence. In a new conversation with Colossal, he discusses why he desires to entice viewers and tempt even probably the most surprising audiences to interact with problems with displacement, the local weather disaster, and what it means to be an immigrant within the U.S. He approaches his activism equally as a result of, to him, they’re one and the identical. He says:
As an artist, the work that I make is inherently political. I think about all of my work to be double-edged swords: they entice and lure the viewer with magnificence whereas reminding them of their complacency throughout the dying surroundings. I don’t need to say I’m an activist. The work that I make is inherently that.
This dialog occurred in September 2023, a couple of months after the artist closed his first solo exhibition at Galerie Myrtis and premiered his works in Chicago in On the Precipice: Responses to the Local weather Disaster. We talk about these milestones, how his upbringing on his grandfather’s farm laid the inspiration for his work, his proclivity for poetry, and why it’s necessary for him to inform his personal tales.