Elise Peroi

Born in 1990 in Nantes (France), she lives and works in Brussels.

Songes II, 2022
Fabric, painted silk, linen, wood, 140 x 198 x 15 cm

Nageur, 2022
Fabric, painted silk, linen, wood, 95 x 124 x 11 cm

Lalage, 2022
Fabric, painted silk, linen, wood, 95 x 138 x 11 cm

Ereme. 2022
Linen, painted silk, wood, 95 x 124 x 11 cm

Courtesy of the artist

Elise Peroi, a young French artist, says she is looking for “how to translate the breath of the landscape and the landscape itself at the same time, as an inhabited place.” The artist has a careful and meticulous approach which shows her respect for the material and for the environment, revealing a form of ecological thinking. The silk is painted and then cut. The pieces of the different worlds are then woven with each other, erasing the original paintings to rebuild a trembling, tapered painting embracing the breakages and the bonds. The alternation of emptiness and fullness allows a dialogue with the light and brings a certain degree of abstraction. The plant and mineral layers are then not seen so much as guessed, and the superposition of these layers of time with shades of ochre, green, and blue make a braid of unique compositions through which a strong relationship between landscape and memory is forged. Often the works, displayed on frames, evoke walls, offer a new perimeter of the space and suggest immersive, almost mythological environments, like the impressive fresco of the gardens of Livia, currently preserved at the Museo Massimo in Rome. This uncommon practice of weaving and painting also suggests other interests such as dance, with repeated gestures and rhythmic movements that seem to be the result of choreography. But it is undoubtedly literature that stands out as an inexhaustible source of inspiration, as well as architecture that is reflected both in the motifs of the works and in their structures. Moreover, some of her pieces have their origins in imaginary literary architectures, such as the work ‘Lalage’ which refers to one of Italo Calvino’s invisible cities, describing a place punctuated by bell towers and swings allowing the moon to rest. 

Élise Peroi, exhibition view Peut-être ce jardin n’existe-t-il qu’à l’ombre de nos paupières baissées , 2022, CACC – Photo © Margot Montigny – CACC Courtesy of the artis