A Paris studio doubles as the mysterious planet of MRCX. Populated with adorable specimens with stone-like bodies and three short legs, the imaginary universe is the site of rigorous scientific study for the artist known as Monsieur Cailloux, who’s pioneered a fantastical world of blobby ceramic creatures.
“I spend most of my time on planet MRCX, which is as surprising in its beauty and imperfection as ever,” he tells Colossal. “As I explore ceramics, I discover more and more about the different areas of the planet and its inhabitants.” Some of these findings—which he shares as animated reports on Instagram—include tree-like rings that reveal the creatures’ age, an average “locomotion speed” of 50 meters per minute, and that sometimes, when discovered deep in a cave, the specimens even glow in the dark.
There are several opportunities to meet the characters this month, including at both YTF Gallery in New Taipei City and Nahcotta Gallery in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. You can always find the creatures at Club Sensible in Paris. To dive deeper into the thinking behind MRCX, pick up a copy of the forthcoming Ceramic Artists on Creative Processes, in which Monsieur Cailloux shares insight into his work.