Canadian artist Marie-Claude Marquis gives a new meaning to antique second-hand plates with witty typographical interventions. Often irreverent and full of trending pop culture references, her one-liners address and poke fun at our society in the digital age, sexuality, religion, consumerism, and mental health. The subjects she tackles spiced up with a humorous approach make her work bold and controversial.

The artist is inspired by souvenirs, nostalgia, pop culture, and her own emotions, which she expresses with a feminine touch and a colorful sensitivity. Marie-Claude brings a new life and soul to the antique objects she finds while thrifting. The variety of her finds is amazing—from rich golden details, beautiful and delicate floral designs to old detailed paintings—it's a vintage lover's dream.

She started making plates in 2014 for an installation in an art show. She was going through a breakup and decided to paint parts of her journal on fragile vintage plates. Since then, her gallery artwork has evolved beyond that and she also creates humorous embroideries and her own line of conceptual home goods, which is up for sale.

We've collected some of Marie-Claude's best artworks below. And although it's gallery-exclusive, we are sure you would want one in your house or have someone in your life for whom some of these plates would make a spot-on gift. Let us know in the comments!

More info: Instagram | marieclaudemarquis.com | Etsy | Facebook

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Linda HS
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2 years ago

Did anybody start singing...

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Why?
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2 years ago

It makes me sad, but it cracks me up at the same time.

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MsM
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2 years ago

That moustache...

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MsM
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2 years ago

oh My GOD 😂

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Silke
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2 years ago

And the best part is: It's theologically accurate!

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Nora Stone
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2 years ago

broken dreams?

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Monika Soffronow
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2 years ago

The wine's old & the cheese is mouldy...

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MsM
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2 years ago

I concur, Nature Dude.

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Hobbes
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2 years ago

I think

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MsM
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2 years ago

There's no "maybe" about it, Wig Man.

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Silke
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2 years ago

Do you believe in rock and roll? Can music save your mortal soul? And can you teach me how to dance real slow? (Don McLean, "American Pie)

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Silke
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2 years ago

and then, Kintsugi

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Katie the Anime Ghost
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2 years ago

I always do it....then I calm down and start thinking about other things.... most likely the things I was stressing about in the first place

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Kenny Kulbiski
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2 years ago

And that's why I like it there.

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SoozeeQ
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2 years ago

I've come to talk with you again...

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Vic
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2 years ago

This I want.. people don't seem to realise the difference, I like being alone they think I'm lonely.

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Linda HS
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2 years ago

Killer! Flower killer!☺️

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Bender Bending Rodríguez
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2 years ago

Subtle. I like it.

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Silke
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2 years ago

Another Kintsugi mend: Strong (and beautiful) in the broken places.

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Munhu Afro
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2 years ago

Well there's none my Lord, it's just a dress with back thrust. The dress did it.

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Lana Belysheva
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2 years ago

This is haunting. Love it.

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Katie the Anime Ghost
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2 years ago

When I'm an old cat lady, I need this.

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Brenna Cai
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2 years ago

yes get it gurl

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Silke
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2 years ago (edited)

Strong (and beautiful) in the broken places.

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2 years ago

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No sacrilegious stuff on here, please.

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satan hears a scream
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2 years ago

i'd like to carry this plate with me wherever i go and whenever someone says something i hold this up

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Silke
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2 years ago

A salad plate I would totally use

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Monika Soffronow
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2 years ago

The onion-cutter's plate.

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satan hears a scream
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2 years ago

"but did i ask" (if you get the reference then you are a fellow memelord congrats)

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MsM
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2 years ago

🎵 ...If I had the chance I'd ask the world to dance... 🎵

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Silke
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2 years ago

clever

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Tabitha L
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2 years ago

Cher, is that you?

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Tabitha L
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2 years ago

Boys do cry, but it doesn't mean they are broken. Not sure I like the message of this one.

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satan hears a scream
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2 years ago

perfect plate to eat flaming hot cheetos on

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TheUntrustworhyEverythingBagal
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2 years ago

Ha!

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Silke
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2 years ago

Ha Ha Ha

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Harleen
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2 years ago

I would work so hard to be a servant in Buckingham Palace just so I could serve her majesty on this. Then promptly start looking for another job :P

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earringnut
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2 years ago

worcestershire

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Tabitha L
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2 years ago

I need this saucer! Imagine lifting your teacup and seeing this. Hilarious.

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Bender Bending Rodríguez
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2 years ago

... As long as it doesn't sink my.

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MsM
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2 years ago

🎵 ... for so long, it's not true... 🎵

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Silke
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2 years ago

Ooooo - I see what you did there

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Robert Bilicki
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2 years ago

Rotflmao!!! Best of all.

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GFSTaylor
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2 years ago

That is one ugly Jesus

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Leonor Pereyra
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2 years ago

no thanks!!

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TheUntrustworhyEverythingBagal
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2 years ago

Yeah, thanks, I will.

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Amanda MacDonald
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1 month ago

That's me!

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TheUntrustworhyEverythingBagal
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2 years ago

Ouch, I feel attacked.

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Silke
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2 years ago

"Always thorny" on a plate with a rose would have worked better because it's just that little bit more subtle

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Pam Olson
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2 years ago

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Hand done plate from Austria - please don’t do this to the finer pieces of china.

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bastillee
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2 years ago

The loveliest woman I know.

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SoozeeQ
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2 years ago

Covid motto

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