Carmen Perrin is an artist who has, for many years, been based in Geneva. Her roots are in the country where she was born, namely Bolivia, and yet she came with her family to the safe haven of Switzerland when she was only a young child. Her work is a mix between the cultural restraints of Europe and the political constraints of her homeland. Perrin is interested in this, often difficult to define, middle ground. The area where things are not quite what they could be or what is expected. Through her work Carmen Perrin visually shows areas of uncertainity, often concentrating as much on the invisible (space) as the existing structure or form of the finished work.
This way of working requires Perrin to have an in-depth knowledge about the materials that she repeatedly uses such as industrial plastics and clay. This abiding interest in certain materials was emphasised recently when Perrin spent some time in Brazil with some rural brick makers. Here she worked alongside them while they utilised the ancient process of firing the bricks in-situ. The 'failures' appealed as much to the artist as the successful pristine bricks that emerged from the week long outdoor firing.
Carmen Perrin works very closely with her given space, be it a gallery, an old industrial building or when working on a specially commissioned work. She creates through her interventions a harmony with the surroundings and challenges the viewer to look, once again, at the very fabric of the building. Through her work (often "sans titre") it is apparent Perrin has a sense of humour and a great enthusiasm. Her work is brave and raises questions and it is no surprise that Perrin has been achieving a great deal of success in recent years. Perrin is certainly an artist that combines knowledge, intellect, energy and wit in her work.