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MÉLANIE, COLLECTOR

Mélanie, collector of ancients toys and objects

From a young age, Mélanie has been picking up little things along her way: erasers, writing paper, toys, etc. She inherited the habit from her father, a real collector. Originally from Quebec City, Mélanie came to Montreal alone almost 10 years ago. She found refuge in her passion for objects and wanted to create her own cabinet of curiosities.

Having always loved knick-knacks, Mélanie combs through thrift shops and flea markets to find old toys and objects from the years 1900 to 1990 as a way of recovering her memories and those of others. She now has more than 100 diverse objects related to different periods of her life, which together create a veritable diary.

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As an artist-painter, she has been influenced by the surrealism movement and the American painter Mark Ryden, both in her works and in the staging of her objects. “Each one is placed in an arrangement like the composition of a painting.” Mélanie even owns the artist’s book Pinxit (2011), from which she draws inspiration. Other art forms, such as film and television, are featured in her collection. She owns several figurines related to the Wizard of Oz and Charlie Brown.

Mélanie’s collection calms and inspires her in the creation of her art. Her first acquisition was a rubber doll, still intact, made in 1962 by Edward Mobley.

Her unusual and eclectic collection includes two children’s pianos from 1900,snail shells gathered during the summer, a ventriloquist dummy, a clown from the 1970s and an Ouija game from 1950. All these objects reflect a key period in her life, creating a timeline.

Through her collection, Mélanie has succeeded in creating a world specific to her personality.