A Series In Black And White
Patricia Perez Eustaquio looks to the past to make sense of the present
Patricia Perez Eustaquio is known for working with different mediums and materials. Her artworks often display the nuanced ways she approaches painting, sculpting, drawing, and fashion, tackling ideas of what is real and what is not, and juxtaposing shapes and images to tell a story.
Eustaquio’s art has been shown and lauded in galleries in Tokyo and Singapore. For this year’s Art Fair Philippines, she will showcase black and white tapestries that were made in collaboration with a workshop in Belgium.
Please describe the works you’ll be presenting at Art Fair.
“I worked on three black and white tapestries; as traditional tapestries, they are woven. I composed objects out of blobs of oil paint, photographed them, and then translated them into tapestries. I’ve been working on this idea for a few years now.
“Firstly, I wanted to make a painting that would use only textile. In the history of art, tapestries used to be sought after, then at some point, paintings in oil took over. My work explores this idea of changing tastes and appetites for objects or, in this case, art forms in particular. It’s interesting how certain forms of art have been cast aside while others became the standard of the times. To hark back to this change, I think, is relevant to the fickleness of contemporary art today: why are some forms of art considered more valid than others, for example? I think it’s a good question to ask in an art fair, especially in Manila where the audience is still forming its opinion.
“Secondly, I wanted to make work that would pose as a modern piece of decoration. As these are black and white tapestries, the images of paint are highly abstracted so in appearance, they pose as modern pieces of decoration. I want them to beg the question of art decoration.”
Where do you draw inspiration?
“Artists work with things that either interest or don’t interest them. It is a conversation that is continued from one work to the next.”
Are there other mediums that you wish to delve into?
“When I think of work, I try not to limit the form to a certain medium or material. I try to choose whatever form or material would be the most appropriate as to convey the narrative or idea better.” •
Translating photographs of oil blobs into tapestries, Eustaquio explores the idea of changing tastes for art mediums through time.