Nunc est bibendum: Now is the time to drink. Michelin’s iconic mascot attributes his name (Bibendum) to this Latin phrase and early company slogan. Bibendum exists as a relic of the commodity and industry that has monumentalized its form since 1894. Micah Sweezie brings forward the violent histories of extraction and exploitation concealed under the guise of iconography and material. The distortion of an image becomes grotesquely apparent when the toll of its depravities is scaled on its surface.
Micah Sweezie is a sculptor and ceramic mold maker from Kalamazoo, MI currently based in Chicago. They are shaped and influenced by dichotomous elements of culture and craft growing up in both Vietnam and America. They received their BFA from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago spring of 2022. Micah is also a 2022 recipient of the NCECA (National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) Multicultural and Regina Brown Fellowships.