ELISE PEROI - Là où se trouve la forêt
The relationship to space and habitat is central to the work of Élise Peroi, which is permeated by Michel Foucault's reflections on "heterotopias". He writes that "The garden is a carpet where the whole world comes to accomplish its symbolic perfection and the carpet is a mobile garden through space".
When27 May 2021 to 11 July 2021
Copyright Thomas Jean Henri
Underpinning this research is the close, even inextricable connection to the notion of a thread on a plane, on a surface; as well as the study of how space(s) is (are) occupied in its (their) visual, conceptual and sensory breakdown. The artist’s approach is at times temporal, geometric, narrative or based on gesture. Following this logic, the notion of landscape became apparent. Both natural landscape, which is patently fully automonous, and that shaped by human intervention.
This dual approach is therefore laid bare in a mirror-image exhibition in two separate locations, aiming to highlight the landscape through the prism of our own system of representation through vertical and horizontal lines. A raised forest, a field where trenches have been dug. Where the Forest is/Trench Digging; two exhibitions housed at Botanique and Centre Culturel de La Tour à Plomb respectively.
This position is reminiscent of the origin of textile: the weft, knots, weaving. The opportunity to tell a story, change it and build it up. At the same time, special attention is afforded to beings within the landscape they inhabit, just as the landscape does within the being which it inhabits. The action of weaving is superimposed on and confronted with working the land; the work of the sower, the architect, the storyteller.
For the exhibition at Botanique, the projection is synonymous with the elevation of vertical lines calling for germination, giving rise to the plant world. The eye is drawn to the anonymous work of the earth, which is home to a disparate multitude of nascent macrocosms that have escaped from above (Dormancy). The forest, a naturally occurring tree house provided by the environment has no need of us to shape and build itself. On the ground and beyond, over the treetops, there is dormant life – matter continually in motion, transforming itself and going places – which shapes this autonomous landscape. Here, living beings can but listen, observe and learn to be patient. The shades are soft and all encompassing. The artworks, completely interwoven, encourage knowledge, they intertwine with the experience of the moment, where tension and balance are thought-out and controlled elements in installations with architectural structures such as Forest, reminiscent of notions such as immersion and deambulation, just as the density of the foliage and alternating light and shadows escape from it (Underbrush).
To mark the occasion of these two exhibitions, a monographic publication is released through CFC-Editions.