Patrick Corillon’s series of five sculptural relic-boxes have been inspired by a group of local residents. The boxes and relics refer to children’s games and to St. Eanswythe herself – the patron saint of Folkestone who is said to have made water run uphill.
Patrick Corillon is a Belgian contemporary artist who lives and works in Paris and Liège. He is a story-teller who creates alternative realities through the construction of narratives, using whatever diverse mediums best serve his purpose. Through film, writing, performance, sculpture his storytelling takes on a dreamlike and poetic quality.
For the 2021 Folkestone Triennial On the Track of St Eanswythe’s Waterway he has created a series of ‘reliquary’* boxes following the path of St Eanswythe’s watercourse. Typically for the artist’s work, it strikes a delicate balance between sculpture and story, fiction and site-specific installation.
His animated films draw viewers into the land where the stories are written and Jouer Ailleur (Play Elsewhere), made to accompany his installation for The Plot, is a beautiful example.