Patricia Perez Eustaquio


ABOUT THE ARTIST

Born in the Philippines in 1977, Patricia Perez Eustaquio is based in Manila, where she is considered one of the leading Filipino artists of her generation. Informed by the vocabulary of craft and design, she works in a wide variety of media – including painting, drawing, sculpture, and installation – and often uses such everyday materials as lace, felt, and cardboard. Her work explores the vanity of artistic and cultural constructs, referencing the histories and processes related to different materials by crafting highly decorative objects and then excising various elements, thereby creating a stark contrast between what is present and what is absent.

Her second solo exhibition with Tyler Rollins Fine Art, Black Dust, took place from January 7 – February 20, 2016. The show centered on a striking new series of works on paper done in graphite with touches of gold leaf, in which the artist focused on a rigorously detailed examination of certain materials and processes that are central to her own artistic production. These 40 × 30 inch (101 × 76 cm) drawings feature craggy, rock-like formations that upon closer examination are seen to be composed of two materials: globules of paint and wilted flowers. Eustaquio has for many years focused on themes of decay and detritus, exploring the expressive possibilities of humble materials and bringing to them an unexpected monumentality. Wilted flowers are an ongoing motif that she has utilized in some of her most iconic works: large, shaped canvases showing richly detailed, semi-abstract images based on decayed organic materials, including not only flowers but also dead birds and butchered meat – all of which are imbued with a haunting, elegiac quality.

For the Black Dust drawings, she zeroes in on the textures and tortured forms of the wilted flowers, the castoff materials from her studio work, juxtaposing these fragile forms with the rocky hardness of masses of coagulated paint droppings that she has collected over time from the drop cloths on which her easels rest. She blends the two motifs into a long, horizontal composition extending like a mountain range over the 12 sheets of paper, with areas of deeply shaded, solid forms dissolving into more minimalist line drawings. As a whole, the series can be conceived as a somber meditation on the interconnections between the processes of gestation, flourishing, and decay as seen both in nature and in art. The process of artistic creation, the struggles to make concrete and visible the conceptions of the mind, and the subtle melancholy that pervades all aspirations towards the eternal – all these are quietly evoked by these stark, unsparing works.

Eustaquio’s work was recently on view in the exhibition, The Vexed Contemporary, at the Museum of Contemporary Art and Design in Manila, the Philippines (2015) and was featured in a 2013 solo exhibition, The Future That Was, at the Jorge B. Vargas Museum in Manila, done in conjunction with an exhibition of the same title at Tyler Rollins Fine Art. Currently, Eustaquio has a solo presentation on view at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris (through September 11, 2016).

Black Dust (2016)

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Black Dust I, 2015

graphite on Hahnemuhle acid-free paper

40 x 30 in. (102 x 76 cm)

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Black Dust II, 2015

graphite on Hahnemuhle acid-free paper

40 x 30 in. (102 x 76 cm)

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Black Dust III, 2016

graphite on Hahnemuhle acid-free paper

40 x 30 in. (102 x 76 cm)

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Black Dust IV, 2015

graphite on Hahnemuhle acid-free paper

40 x 30 in. (102 x 76 cm)

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Black Dust V, 2015

graphite on Hahnemuhle acid-free paper

40 x 30 in. (102 x 76 cm)

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Black Dust VI, 2015

graphite on Hahnemuhle acid-free paper

40 x 30 in. (102 x 76 cm)

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Black Dust VII, 2015

graphite on Hahnemuhle acid-free paper

40 x 30 in. (102 x 76 cm)

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Black Dust VIII, 2015

graphite on Hahnemuhle acid-free paper

40 x 30 in. (102 x 76 cm)

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Black Dust IX, 2015

graphite on Hahnemuhle acid-free paper

40 x 30 in. (102 x 76 cm)

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Black Dust X, 2015

graphite on Hahnemuhle acid-free paper

40 x 30 in. (102 x 76 cm)

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Black Dust XI, 2015

graphite on Hahnemuhle acid-free paper

40 x 30 in. (102 x 76 cm)

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Black Dust XII, 2015

graphite on Hahnemuhle acid-free paper

40 x 30 in. (102 x 76 cm)

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Installation View of "Black Dust" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, January 7 - February 20, 2016

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Installation View of "Black Dust" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, January 7 - February 20, 2016

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Installation View of "Black Dust" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, January 7 - February 20, 2016

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Installation View of "Black Dust" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, January 7 - February 20, 2016

The Future That Was (2013)

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Untitled I, 2013

oil on canvas

94 ½ x 79 in. (240 x 200.5 cm)

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Untitled II, 2013

oil on canvas

94 ½ x 79 in. (240 x 200.5 cm)

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100,000 Years, 2013

resin casts of fossilized wood

variable dimensions

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Polygon IV, 2013

oil on canvas

assembled, reconfigurable to different size, 96 x 120 in. (243.75 x 304.75 cm)

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Flowers for X, 2013

oil on canvas

58 x 60 in. (147 x 152 cm)

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Polyhex Portrait I, 2013

wood on fabric, G.I. steel bars

sizes variable, approximately 16 x 18 x 8 in. (40.75 x 45.75 x 20.25 cm)

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Polyhex Portrait II, 2013

wood on fabric, G.I. steel bars

sizes variable, approximately 16 x 18 x 8 in. (40.75 x 45.75 x 20.25 cm)

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Polyhex Portrait III, 2013

wood on fabric, G.I. steel bars

sizes variable, approximately 16 x 18 x 8 in. (40.75 x 45.75 x 20.25 cm)

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Polyhex Portrait IV, 2013

wood on fabric, G.I. steel bars

sizes variable, approximately 16 x 18 x 8 in. (40.75 x 45.75 x 20.25 cm)

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The Future that Was (On Reflection II), 2013

steel bars, mirrors

dimensions variable

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Untitled (mirrors), 2013

mirrors on fabric

36 x 48 in. (91.5 x 122 cm)

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Untitled (Polyform II), 2013

engraved crystal blocks

9 ½ x 23 ½ x 1 ¼ in. (24 x 60 x 3 cm)

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Flowers for X, 2013

oil on canvas

58 x 60 in. (147 x 152 cm)

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Installation View of "The Future That Was" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, September 12 - October 2013

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Installation View of "The Future That Was" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, September 12 - October 2013

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Installation View of "The Future That Was" at Tyler Rollins Fine Art, September 12 - October 2013

Vargas Museum (2013)

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Installation view of "The Future That Was"

solo exhibition at the Jorge B. Vargas Museum, Manila, Philippines, July 24 - August 24, 2013

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Installation view of "The Future That Was"

solo exhibition at the Jorge B. Vargas Museum, Manila, Philippines, July 24 - August 24, 2013

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Installation view of "The Future That Was"

solo exhibition at the Jorge B. Vargas Museum, Manila, Philippines, July 24 - August 24, 2013

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Installation view of "The Future That Was"

solo exhibition at the Jorge B. Vargas Museum, Manila, Philippines, July 24 - August 24, 2013

Archive (2012)

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Butcher's Blossom I & II, 2012

oil paint on shaped canvas

each panel: 94 ½ x 79 in. (240 x 200 cm)

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Cloud Country (Lucid Dreaming), 2012

crochet lace and epoxy resin

96 x 40 x 26 in. (244 x 102 x 66 cm)

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Cloud Country (Lucid Dreaming), 2012

crochet lace and epoxy resin

96 x 40 x 26 in. (244 x 102 x 66 cm)

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Cloud Country (Lucid Dreaming), 2012

crochet lace and epoxy resin

96 x 40 x 26 in. (244 x 102 x 66 cm)

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Untitled (House), 2012

crochet lace and epoxy resin

42 x 31 ½ x 35 in. (106 x 80 x 88 cm)

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Butcher's Blossom III & IV, 2012

oil paint on shaped canvas

each panel: 94 ½ x 79 in. (240 x 200 cm)

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Installation view with "Strange Fruit" and "Butcher's Blossom I & II", 2012

Archive (2011)

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Strange Fruit, detail, 2011

cast brass

3 ¼ in. (8.25 cm), in diameter

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Two Campers in Cloud Country, 2011

cardboard and vinyl sticker

dimensions variable

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Cloud Country (full installation), 2011

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Two Campers in Cloud Country, 2011

crochet lace and epoxy resin

approximately 21 ½ x 42 x 31 ½ in. (55 x 107 x 80 cm)

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Reprise III & IV, 2012

oil paint on linen

each panel: 96 ½ x 79 in. (245 x 200 cm)

Archive (2010)

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Goodbye, Cruel World, 2010

cardboard

approximately 96 x 114 x 48 in. (244 x 290 x 122 cm)

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Installation view of "Goodbye, Cruel World", 2010

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Goodbye, Cruel World (installation view of boats), 2010

felt and epoxy resin

dimensions variable

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The Castle in the Pyrenees, 2010

crochet lace, epoxy resin, cardboard, vinyl sticker

60 x 120 in. (152 x 305 cm)

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Bastilles, detail, 2010

crochet lace, epoxy resin, cardboard, vinyl sticker

27 x 15 x 11 in. (69 x 38 x 28 cm)

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Bastilles, 2010

crochet lace, epoxy resin, cardboard, vinyl sticker

from left to right: 27 x 15 x 11 in; 22 x 14 x 11 in; 22 x 15 x 11 in. (69 x 38 x 28 cm; 55 x 5 x 28 cm; 55 x 5 x 28 cm)

Archive (2009)

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Sha Naqba Imuru (He Who Saw the Deep), 2009

silk, epoxy resin, vinyl planks, plaster, beeswax

dimensions variable

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Sha Naqba Imuru (He Who Saw the Deep), 2009

silk, epoxy resin, vinyl planks, plaster, beeswax

dimensions variable

Archive (2008)

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Psychogenic Fugue, 2008

crochet lace and epoxy resin

42 ½ x 83 x 41 in. (108 x 211 x 104 cm)

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The Sprinkling and the Pall, 2008

crochet lace and epoxy resin

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Reprise I & II, 2008

oil paint on linen

each panel: 96 ½ x 79 in. (245 x 200 cm)


WORKS

Black Dust (2016)

The Future That Was (2013)

Vargas Museum (2013)

Archive (2012)

Archive (2011)

Archive (2010)

Archive (2009)

Archive (2008)

An Atlas of Mirrors A Culture of Nature

2017


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Preview, Patricia Perez Eustaquio

February, 2016


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Artnews, Patricia Perez Eustaquio at Tyler Rollins Fine Art

February, 2016


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Art Asia Pacific, Patricia Perez Eustaquio

July, 2015


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Art Asia Pacific, On Metaphor and Mash

February, 2015


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Artslant, The Future That Was

October, 2013


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Travel and Leisure Asia, Magical Manila

September, 2013


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GMA News Online, Art Review: Contemplating Modern Art in ‘The Future That Was’

August, 2013


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Tomorrow, Today, Contemporary Art From The Singapore Art Museum (2009 – 2011)

2012


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Chimera, Patricia Perez Eustaquio

January, 2012


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Pop Up Revisiting the Relationship Between 2D and 3D, Patricia Perez Eustaquio

November, 2010


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Without Walls, Patricia Perez Eustaquio

2010


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Business World, Sleight of Light

May, 2010


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Thrice Upon a Time A Century of Story in the Art of the Philippines, Patricia Perez Eustaquio

November, 2009


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Rogue, Patricia Perez Eustaquio

November, 2008


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C-Arts, Patricia Eustaquio

2008


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