Produced by Fierce for Healing Gardens of Bab.

Dominique Pétrin deploys juxtapositions of pattern in space, creating modern-day theatrical representations of our contemporary entanglements between public and domestic space. She creates metaphorical social fabrics composed from corporate objects, patterns and the history of the ornament, which interweaves notions of craftsmanship, mass production and the ready-made.

In Swatches of Eternal Love, she is particularly interested in the Pompeian Styles of ancient Roman mural paintings for its particularity in depicting imaginary architectures on walls, and their use of trompe-l'oeil. They are representations of a space that doesn't actually exist but act as a theatre of the imagination. These architectural compositions are inspired by the display aesthetics from the interfaces of electronic devices, in order to develop representations and architectures of a virtual space, with the superimposition of multiple windows, toolbars, columns and objects.

Over the past twelve years, Dominique Pétrin has been working on installations created in situ, composed of hand silkscreen printed paper, cut, assembled and pasted to the walls in order to create immersive environments. Her work reflects on the nature of the interface, as an embedment for conduct, languages, values, worldviews and aesthetics into technical infrastructures that are shaping our perception of our environment.

The artist would like to thank Joshua Sherrett for his precious help in the making of this work


Generously supported by the Paul Hamyln Foundation, The National Lottery Community Fund, Canada Council for the Arts, High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom and Creative New Zealand.