207 objects from l’Encyclopédie, 2013, porcelain, variable dimensions

Work presented in the show A Collection at Verdun Municipal Library in Montreal in 2013


The pieces from A Collection are inspared by the “Planches” of “L’Encyclopédie” or “Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers“, written by Diderot & d’Alembert from 1751 to 1765. Born from the ideals of the Age of Enlightenment, this ambitious project brings together a considerable body of knowledge on the state of the natural sciences, trades and liberal arts as practiced at the time, including sculpture, in which I was particularly interested.

30 drawing plates representing the techniques and tools of sculptors in earth, plaster, marble, gold and silver and lead are part of the “Sculpture” section of The Encyclopedia. The central work of the exhibition presented at the Verdun Cultural Center, brings together 207 hand-crafted porcelain objects reproducing a large part of the tools represented inside these plates.

This work is now part of the Montreal art collection.


Photo credits: Chloe Desjardins