Perienne lives and works in London and Suffolk. Her current work looks at connections between landscape - including everyday medicinal weeds and their folklore, and the role of the feminine. She makes drawings, etchings, artist books and installations.
Perienne says about her recent work:
"When creating my drawings and etchings, I begin out in the Suffolk landscape, responding to the colours, shapes and sounds around me, building up a sensation of place. I work instinctively, allowing my imagination to wander and the dreaming to enter onto the picture plane.
Whilst drawing, I ponder what it means to situate myself in a landscape so scarred by intensive agriculture and over-farming. I notice the proliferation of medicinal weeds that grow by the road side, the intensity of their greens, as they work to re-mineralise the depleted soil. I think on the history of the landscape; the people and animals that have moved across it over time and the myths and stories that run through its veins.
The figure in all of these works, is imagined. She represents a kinder relationship to the natural world. She communicates with the land and makes medicine with the plants around her. She is the medicine woman. The story of the domination and suppression of the feminine has sadly mirrored the story of our domination of the natural world. I wish to question this and to offer a different way to begin to interact with and work with nature."
Perienne is a masters graduate of the Royal Drawing School, where she runs art workshops today.
Perienne has had a number of solo exhibitions:
2017 Everyday Weeds, The Lookout - Caroline Wiseman, Aldeburgh.
2012 Running With Wolves, Labomirov‐Easton Gallery, London.
2010 Scene/Heard Journey to the back of the Yard, cueB Gallery, London.
2007 Outside Inside, Tobacco Factory, Bristol.
Perienne's work is in the following collections: HRH The Prince of Wales, Leipzig Academy, Leipzig Buch Halle, Soho House, amongst others.
William Feaver, painter, writer and former art critic for the Observer says about Perienne's work," these drawings are not illustrative; they are ruminative. The eye lights on crow or traveller, a bend in the road leading to higher ground, here and there a stretch of colour or sudden dark patch. Some people are leading figures, others are incidental, yet they are all equally animate, vividly embedded where needs must in each providential scheme of things. There’s a lovely exploratory quality here, a sense of the fabric of life."
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