Yves-Olivier Mandereau is a Brooklyn based artist from San Francisco. Mandereau’s current body of work, "Porncelain," is a reappropriation of fine china as a means of confrontation and conversation between tenets of ‘the christian home’ with the adversity of growing up queer in a conservative household. By tapping into the history and tradition of fine china such as Limoges, Meissen, Gorham or Wedgewood, Mandereau hopes to reference subjective morality and tradition that accompany these sets as they are passed down from generation to generation.
By placing images of gay pornography on fine porcelain, he has created his own china set that presents the dichotomy between wholesome family values and dereliction of homosexuals within the home. The china, which has been purchased and repurposed, is an equalizer for the narrative. Though he centered the original project around the development of his own sexuality, the narrative of closeted teens afraid of their own family has a ubiquity present in the social strata. He hopes to invite the viewer to contemplate homosexuality and its oppressors within the realm of the hearth of the family—the dinner table.
Mandereau has exhibited his work in his hometown of San Francisco, CA; Providence, RI, where he attended the Rhode Island School of Design receiving a double BFA in Ceramics and Graphic Design; and Berlin, Germany, where he spent the majority of 2016 completing a residency at Zentrum Fur Keramik.