Mai-Thu Perret, ‘Untitled’, 2015, Swiss Institute Benefit Auction 2015

Mai-Thu Perret is known for “The Crystal Frontier,” a fictional commune populated only by women from which much of her work originates. Untitled demonstrates Perret’s multimedia approach to storytelling and addressing women’s issues. Using a mixture of references and media, Perret formulates a radically new narrative structure to explore the relationship between art and literature. Her work has been shown at David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles; Swiss Institute, New York; and was part of Art Unlimited at Art Basel, Switzerland.

Image rights: Courtesy of the artist and Pauper's Press, London

About Mai-Thu Perret

Citing influences such as utopian feminist literature, art theory, Russian Constructivism, and the Arts & Crafts movement, Mai-Thu Perret’s diverse body of work encompasses sculpture, painting, video, and installation. Since 1999, Perret has worked on a series called "The Crystal Frontier," which documents her participation in a women’s commune based in New Mexico. Through diary entries, abstract paintings, and artisanal objects, Perret constructs a piecemeal narrative describing life at the commune. By focusing on the fragment as a narrative device, Perret invokes the pastiche technique employed in postmodern literature and demonstrates her interest in the structure of language. Her relationship with language and narrative is epitomized in text works such as Society is a Hole (2009), in which ambiguous musings are spelled out in bright pink lettering, inviting the viewer to fill in the gaps in the implied narrative.

Swiss, b. 1976, Geneva, Switzerland, based in Geneva, Switzerland