Odyssée/Odisea brings together two distinct artists located in Melbourne, whose practices are powerfully informed by the origins of their forebears. Jessie Yvette Journoud-Ryan and Rachel Suarez engage with far-flung worlds that both artists understand through stories from their grandmothers – from France and El Salvador, respectively.
The cautionary tales and lore of their heritage informs Rachel’s suite of linocuts and small-scale gouaches, which bring to life jaguars, bird songs and the fondly-told stories of her grandmother. A French Australian multi-disciplinary artist, Journoud-Ryan here repurposes often antique crockery into organic ceramic sculptures, emblematic of her migratory story. The artist is interested in the ancient fables of Aesop and Jean de La Fontaine. Together, Suarez and Journoud-Ryan’s beautiful objects describe translocated cultural arcs from the distant past, to North Fitzroy, present day.