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Morel Doucet Harnesses the Political Power of Art

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On any given day, there are Morel Doucet in his studio at the Bakehouse Art Complex in Wynwood. In fact, the artist spends so much time in his studio that he has a static exercise bike in the back of the room. Adorning the available wall space are all framed bits from fellow artists which Doucet admires, together with his own paintings and prints. A multidisciplinary artist himself, Doucet claims his first love is ceramics. Pieces in various stages of progress line one dining table, and placed at the adjacent rack are functions awaiting shipment to their new homes. A bust of Nefertiti painted in black and adorned with delicate golden blossoms stares from the center shelf.The space itself is intimate, but it’s home. Doucet was a Bakehouse resident for at least two and a half years. He recalls waiting patiently — and not so patiently — for a studio to become accessible. “I spent a year begging the manager to attempt to get an area at the Bakehouse,” Doucet says with a laugh. “I recall on my fourth visit to the director’s office, I observed the literal exchange of the keys as a spot opened up” He recalls his early years at college from Miami Gardens, in which the language barrier was a deterrent to his or her studies. As the Creole-speaking Doucet was adjusting to courses in English, maybe not all his teachers were as encouraging or as patient because his art teacher.He recalls that his third-grade teacher at Lakeview Elementary, Ms. Goldman, saw his potential and cultivated it. As he retells the tales of his youth, Doucet gets up and starts looking through the contents of some large plastic bin. He participates with a weathered black magician. Inside are dozens of certifications and letters of participation dating from his elementary-school days through high school. “Greatness as Class Artist,” one document reads.

The Brown Menagerie, 2015
Photo by David Gary Lloyd/Courtesy of Morel Doucet

“Your parents want you to do better, and that means you’re expected to operate at a level of excellence while still at college. “A visual pupil, Doucet attempts to educate young students the classes he has gleaned as well as the approaches which worked for him as a kid. He’s currently curriculum and tour coordinator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami, where his responsibilities include coming up with lesson plans which are shared on line and accessible to anybody — students, teachers, homeschooling parents. “When I make coursework, I put to use the resources I learned that let me know my environment,” that he says.Although Doucet is established in Miami, he is represented by Galerie Myrtis at Baltimore, where he’ll have a solo exhibition later this season. But you don’t need to move to Maryland to find familiarized together with Doucet’s work. This spring, he is working with fellow Haitian artist Stephen Arboite to provide two unique adventures. Both are collaborating on pieces to be featured as a member of Oolite Art’s team show,”Diverse Networks,” that runs April 21 through July 4. The collaborative work will be on exhibit from the museum’s plaza April 30 through June 27, coinciding with Haitian Heritage Month.

From the show”Night Garden: In Moonlight the Stars Chatter.”
Photo by David Gary Lloyd/Courtesy of Morel Doucet

“We have a similar aesthetic and process,” Doucet says of operating with Arboite.Doucet was occupied for a little while now. He recently finished a job with Arteza Art Supplies and installed a multilayer piece at the Nespresso flagship store on Lincoln Road. The piece, titled Paradise, comes with an installation in the store along with a takeover of this coffee shop’s storefront windows. “Twenty-twenty-one has likely been the best season in my artistic career,” he says.He is not kidding. The 30-year-old artist was selected to be featured at the prestigious Venice Biennale international art exhibition the next season in Italy. He plans to go dark for the summer to work on his solo show for the collapse. “And then I go dim and reappear in ancient 2022 for my show at Venice,” that he adds.Italy won’t be the very first time the young artist has been invited into some distinguished locale. The minute he knew he had been on the perfect course as an artist, he said he was when he had been invited to talk at a board on environmentalism and artwork at Yale University at 2018. He shared the platform with activist Elizabeth Yeampierre, curator LaTanya Autry, and podcaster Tagan Engel. The poster to the event still hangs on his studio wall.

From the show”White Noise.”
Photo by David Gary Lloyd/Courtesy of Morel Doucet

A great deal of Doucet’s job deals with climate change and bringing consciousness to sea-level rise, as well as the plights of communities of colour. “As an artist, the more work I create is very political [at times],” Doucet says. “Art is a really strong weapon, therefore it has a specific energy” The part is a review on climate modification, especially advancement in Miami Beach. When he began working on the show at 2014, Doucet states, he couldn’t find any assistance, so that he financed it himself. “I believed in what I had been producing,” he states. “My version since an artist is simply to create to serve, create to adventure, and create to dream” “Diverse Networks.” Wednesday, April 21, through Sunday, July 4, at Oolite Arts, 924 Lincoln Rd., 2nd Floor, Miami Beach; 305-674-8278; oolitearts.org.

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