Arts & Culture
Artist Patricia Perez Eustaquio Uses Flowing Fabric As Her Canvas
Eustaquio plays with monochrome textiles for her Art Fair installation.
IMAGE Charles Rodulfo

Patricia Perez Eustaquio’s practice involves plotting the points from which objects persist in the modern day topography of our appetites. With the use of a variety of materials, viewers become privy to the changing algorithms of desire, particularly in the arts. At this year’s edition of Art Fair Philippines, she wanders along the path of textile arts and poses the question of its position in today’s world.

Tapestry’s history of opulence and vanity has situated it among the elites in the past, as it was mostly made for trade and endowment. However, its rarity and value have declined in recent centuries, as it is now relegated to being a mere residue of tradition. Eustaquio’s decision to utilize paint as object and thread as medium pivots the dynamics of the contemporary art scene, where paintings are given the highest regard among the variety of media used by artists. This formalistic approach conveyed through a digital process lies in great contrast to the abstracted and natural imagery of the pieces. Although there is difficulty in identifying its reference, the depiction clearly directs us to a landscape that is at once real and fictitious. With a desaturated quality, it voids the possibility for identification; yet with silhouettes of mountains and waterfalls, it retrieves a sense of the living earth.

In spite of the ever-growing encroachment of commodities, Eustaquio remains faithful to the reminder of nature as a point of deliverance and liberation.

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