Weaving takes shape in the same way soil is cultivated, through thorough tilling, furrow after furrow. Its symbolism has been at the foundations of many mythologies: most often to evoke the fragile life thread held in the fatal hand of some divinity. For Elise Peroi, the metaphorical dimension of such a practice is as important as the material creation. Bringing a woven artwork to existence is a whole; the body of the artist blends in the process. The matter spreads in space as the breath animates its light structure or through the art of performance, which the artist also practices. Nature is one of her favored subject matters and its materials are often directly integrated in her works.
Elise Peroi has been deeply influenced by the works of landscaper Gilles Clément regarding cooperating with nature (Do as much as possible “with” and as little as possible “against”). She is equally interested in the thoughts of Michel Foucault on Heterotopia, these other places and lands, where dreams, fantasies and transitional states can thrive. The garden – paradise created par Mankind – is one of those unique places. It inspired Persian carpets – each carpet becoming a little mobile world of its own – that have in turn been the starting point of the artist’s recent work.
The sun, vital force, lies at the heart of many artworks by Elise Peroi. It is treated as a subject matter in itself, lights and greenery beam from the palpitating center of a lozenge – or through the myth of Icarus, who was betrayed by his wax wings when, exhilarated by his flight, he came to close to the celestial body… The artist has approached the myth under a playful angle, first imagining Icarus launching from a skateboard ramp; she finally went for the swing, which enables to approach the sun as it goes up (that thrilling sensation from childhood), quickly followed by going down where dream encounters humility.
The imaginary and narration are very present here, as in the rest of Elise Peroi’s work. Faced with these surfaces with multiple parcels, the viewer, in turn, develops his/her own narration.
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Elise Peroi (born in Nantes in 1990) grew up in France and subsequently moved to Brussels to study at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts from where she graduated with a Masters in textile design in 2015. Since then has been living in the Belgian capital where she has her studio.
In 2018, her work was featured in a personal exhibition at the Fashion and Lace Museum in Brussels. The artist has been part of numerous group shows in France, Belgium and Italy since 2015 and is regularly invited for residencies for her woven work as well as for her performances (Fondation privée Carrefour des arts, Brussels ; La Serre – arts vivant, Montreal ; Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles, Comacina Island, Italy ; etc.). With the support of the Halles de Schaerbeek since 2016, she develops textile performances that feed from weaving. Her collaboration with Hong-Kong dancer and choreographer Mui Cheuk-yin led to performances in Brussels as well as Hong-Kong.
Elise Peroi was awarded the Prix d’excellence de la ville de Bruxelles in 2015, the Young Belgium Talents Prize of The Affordable Art Fair Brussels in 2017 and the Prix de la fondation Charles Oulmont (Paris) in 2018. Le Botanique (Brussels) will dedicate a solo exhibition to Elise Peroi in 2021. Close to the sun (Proche du soleil), is her first solo show at the galerie Maria Lund.