Sylvia Eustache Rools & Jérôme Pereira

Fascinated with minerals, rocky materials and oxydation phenomena, artist Sylvia Eustache Rools explores the endless possibilities of what she calls a textile geology, endeavouring to transform silks and satins by diverse and varied means, by ways of painting, inking, tinting, macerating, oxidising, until the final results feels geological, timeless, immemorial.

Jérôme Pereira is a sculptor who questions balance inspired by the forces of nature. He works according to his intuition and lets himself be carried by the material. Adding an object to the world is for him a great responsibility which must be in adequacy with his
environmental convictions.

The meeting of the two artists gave the project “Awaré”, a unique duo, poetically allying wood and textile. The name “Awaré” comes both from the Japanese expression “mono no aware” which refers to the poignant feeling of impermanence, as well as the English
adjective “aware” which means “to have knowledge, to be alert, to be conscious”.

With maison parisienne, Sylvia Eustache Rools and Jérôme Pereira present their unique pieces in which the wood is sculpted to reveal different facets, balances, faults that turn to be treasures. This wooden basis is then prolonged with a metal structure, vertical edges on which textile is sewn, painted, tinted and oxidised lapels that invent new textures. Between transparence and opacity, between dualism and unity, this surprising duo have created a singular collection that speak of hard-found balances and harmonies.

Awaré was finalist for the Loewe Craft Prize 2022 for the work “Strata”.


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