Patricia Perez Eustaquio is based in Manila and is considered one of the leading artists of her generation. She works in a variety of media including, painting, drawing and sculpture. Her practice is informed by notions of consumerism, changing tastes, and the way in which we use and consume objects.
Earlier this year Perez Eustaquio was in residence at Gasworks where use used Juan Luna’s painting Cleopatra as a starting point for the work produced as part of the three month residency. Juan Luna was one of the first Filipino artists to study fine arts in the West in the late 1800’s and Cleopatra is considered his masterpiece. Perez Eustaquio translated Luna’s Cleopatra by mapping out the shapes, elements and colours and replacing them with shades of grey and black and creating a new abstract interpretation of the work which was then made into a beautiful tapestry. The work can be said to be a bridge connecting two masters of their respective generations playfully toying with each other through the medium of visual arts.
Check out the video from our studio visit with Patricia Perez Eustaquio and find out more about the residency and her practice.