Sylvie Perico is a French artist whose work focuses on mosaics inspired by the animal and plant world. She uses a lot of light reflecting materials and her pieces have a strong decorative feel. Perico is a multimedia artist and she works in the realms of painting, design and sculpture. She is a meticulous, hard-working artist who takes a lot of time to assemble perfectly her artworks consisting of a considerable number of small parts. Perico’s work is contemporary yet very delicate, with a certain sense of nostalgic beauty – her pieces inspired by animals resemble porcelain and rhinestone figurines many of us used to collect in childhood.
Perico was born in the region of Lorraine in France and she has studied painting and design before she decided to gradually shift to sculpture. Her love towards plants and animals is evident in her work – the artist often depicts animals such as dogs, cats, birds and sea creatures. At the same time, some of her art features various exotic cultures and their symbols, as well as religious figures inspired by Christianity, such as Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary. However, Perico is not interested in the precise depiction of any specific culture or religion – her imaginative artworks combine various elements and symbols, which results in colorful, hybrid creations which belong to the ethereal world set in between artist’s personal vision and already existing cultural and religious artefacts.
Perico’s work consists primarily of paper maquettes and mosaics. Her series Animaux Papier includes small-scale sculptures made of various graphic materials taken from newspapers and magazines. They are crafted with extreme precision and they resemble the real, traditional sculptures made in stone or other durable materials. Another series, called Animaux Mosaique, is dedicated entirely to dazzling, light-reflecting mosaics representing various animals. These unique hybrids of sculpture and mosaic look like 3D puzzles – it is amusing to observe their parts which irresistibly resemble the puzzle games. In addition to the already mentioned animal series, Perico’s work includes Divinities, Cactus, Divers and Tableax, another four series which underline the artist’s unique skills in embroidery (she uses various textiles in Cactus), sculpture and more traditional 2D mosaics.
Perico’s artworks are challenging to categorize since they combine the features found in various media – painting, design, sculpture, and mosaic. The uniqueness of her work lies in her endlessly playful imagination – by combining pieces of old magazines, textiles and small parts of light reflective materials resembling a broken mirror, Perico creates a universe of innovative mosaics. Her artworks also have a positive, soothing effect on the viewer, because of their pleasant color scheme and child-like appeal.
The artist is represented by Galerie Galea.
Featured image: Sylvie Perico – Exposition Auchan Avignon – image via youtube
All images, except featured, courtesy of the artist.