A Se­ries In Black And White

Pa­tri­cia Perez Eus­taquio looks to the past to make sense of the present

Red Magazine - - ART - IN­TER­VIEW TISHA RAMIREZ PHO­TOG­RA­PHY PA­TRICK DIO­KNO

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.

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