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Patterns as a Language

Dominique Pétrin Creates Spaces Inspired by Virtual Environments

— May 31, 2018 — Art & Design
Dominique Pétrin is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Montreal, Canada. With a background in both music and visual art, she is best known for creating physical spaces that embody a virtual world feel. Her collaborative efforts include working with choreographers, visual artists and performance artists.

1- Tell us your name, a bit about yourself, and what inspires you?
My name is Dominique Pétrin. I'm a printmaker, I'm interested in patterns as language. I'm inspired by TV set designs, store displays, music halls and roman frescoes. My work blends pop culture elements, iconic objects, patterns, corporate aesthetics in an installation format that conveys an experience of a virtual space. I'm interested in creating social fabrics composed from corporate objects and patterns, social media, and the history of ornament, interviewing notions of craftsmanship, mass production and the ready-made.

2- Tell us about your favorite recent project?
My favorite recent project is my installation at the Power Plant for Powerball XX: Carousal, presented by Max Mara. I literally took the context of this party and made it as installation. It's is critical, ridiculous, trashy, but funny.

3- How do you reset to be creative?
I turn off my brain in doing activities such as go-karting or making a 6000 piece jigsaw puzzle. I also eat french fries and stare at a wall.

4- Has there ever been an instance where another industry or artistic medium has influenced your work?
Definitely the fashion industry, home staging and drag culture.

5- What's the most unconventional thing you've done to gain creative inspiration?
I have used hypnosis and prayed.

7- How important of a role does immersive tech play in your creative process and final product?
Immersive tech plays an important role, because it brings the viewer in an experience mode rather than just decor. My installations convey a material experience of the virtual world with the use of hand-printed wallpaper. I deploy juxtapositions of pattern in space, to create modern day theatrical representations of our contemporary entanglements between public and domestic space and stories.
Trend Themes
1. Virtual World Spaces - Creating physical spaces that embody a virtual world feel presents opportunities for immersive experiences enhanced by technology.
2. Integration of Patterns - The integration of patterns as a language in both physical and digital spaces provides opportunities for merging traditional and contemporary design elements.
3. Material Experience of Virtual World - Creating a material experience of the virtual world through the use of hand-printed wallpaper offers opportunities to enhance the immersive experience of virtual environments.
Industry Implications
1. Fashion Industry - Petrin's use of corporate aesthetics and iconic objects in installations suggest opportunities for the fashion industry to push boundaries in using unconventional materials in their designs.
2. Interior Design - Using patterns as language in physical spaces presents opportunities for interior designers to create immersive and unique designs that blend traditional and contemporary elements.
3. Entertainment Industry - The use of immersive technology in creating physical spaces that embody a virtual world feel presents opportunities for the entertainment industry to create enhanced immersive experiences for their audiences.
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