The couple formed by Martine and Jacki Perrin, known in the contemporary art world as Perrin and Perrin, counts as one of the most spectacular pair of French artists. Their name is associated to the sculpture of glass, a material they have been exploring together for many years. They first exhibited their work in 1981 and received their first award in 1982. For several decades now they have been pushing the boundaries of what is possible with their favourite material, going as far as imagining an new method, Build-in-Glass, which consists in layering and melting glass trapezes. This fusion creates a material in which the artists can incorporate pigments, play with transparency and opacity. Writing, architecture and music form a triangle inside which they find their inspirations, giving birth to outstanding sculptures where colour dances with light and where opacity conveys complex messages.
Galerie Negropontes orchestrated the encounter between Perrin-Perrin and PINTON. Transposing their approach and artistic process from glass sculpture to rug was a challenge to which the couple rose brilliantly by creating original designs as the starting point of their collaboration with PINTON.
Martine and Jacki Perrin sculpt together as one, forming a duo enriched by their individualities. For over a decade they explored the potential of ceramics in parallel with their practice of Far Eastern calligraphy. Glass became their preferred medium and they developed the unique method of “Build-in-Glass” which allowed them to constantly explore new boundaries and to continuously develop and renew their work. They create dense and compact blocks in which they sculpt both monumental and more intimate pieces, in unique shapes and colours. One of the distinguishing features of their work is the constant play on transparency, porosity and above all, light. They find their inspiration in scriptural and musical constructions, as well as in the revelation of geological processes or phenomena. Their work, born out of the four elements, has an intrinsic coherence and a unique beauty.
Nathalie Junod Ponsard