Elisabeth perrault | 54 000
06.2020 – 10.2020
Four Seasons Hotel Montreal – Marcus Restaurant
Elisabeth Perrault is a Canadian artist working and living in Montreal whose artwork ranges from stop-motion video to sculpture and installation. She is known for her artistic production that typically revolves around the use of textiles and beading with which she creates shapes with delicate contours and details. Graduated from Concordia University in Montreal in April 2020 with a BFA in Visual Arts, Elisabeth Perrault is already considered a rising figure in the art world. With her impressive skills and craftsmanship, her work has been noticed and is part of important private collections. She is also the recipient of numerous scholarships and academic distinctions.
For the artist, the materiality of the textile fibres is reminiscent of organic forms which are exploited through her installations. Elisabeth Perrault works through ideas, icons and symbols by creating a dialogue in surreal scenes evoked by her distinct aesthetic. She brings her ideas to life through the agglomeration of small details and delicate objects, such as beads, stones and threads.
The art installation hosted by Marcus restaurant follows the ideas of famous chef Marcus Samuelsson, who himself defines his restaurant as a place of fine dining in a friendly atmosphere. The artist embraces this intention with an installation that is visually striking in its bold colors and welcoming forms. Elisabeth’s installation titled 54 000 stems mainly from Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s desire to develop his menu according to products precisely selected for their origin and freshness.
The title of the installation, 54 000, is a nod to the amount of kilograms of seafood fished from the oceans every second in the world. Elisabeth was inspired by Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s initiative to source food locally and from sustainable fishing practice. This idea is cleverly represented by the diaphanous fishes that are gathered in three fishing lines and the beaded sea urchins in its center which are installed as if they were freshly fished from the sea. This installation is also a reflection of the sheer amount of beads, needles and thread that Elisabeth used to create this artwork. The hand-woven nets bordering the principal elements of the installation create a playful aspect that celebrates the chef’s cuisine that can be seen as festive and easygoing.
The impressive mix of techniques and materials in the artist’s installation also compares to the Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s diverse and multiple culinary influences, explained by his unique and distinct cultural origins.Their mutual creative vision came together through the new art installation, 54 000, presented from June to October 2020 at Marcus restaurant.
Curators: Claudia Emde and Alexandre Potvin | emde Agency
Photography: Amanda Mocci