Denise Perreault has been captivated by prisms ever since discovering them as a child, and refracted light remains the most exquisite natural phenomenon for her. She enjoys the challenge of creating “glass curtains” and sculptures from thousands of tiny glass seed beads, which can take over a year to complete. Each piece allows Perreault to indulge her enchantment with light pouring through transparent colored glass, where the beauty of the beads is exaggerated, and the changing light manipulates the beads into constantly shifting, glowing hues. Much of Perreault’s beadwork is intended to be displayed in light to capture this phenomenon.
She is strongly influenced by medieval art and architecture, as well as textiles, historical costumes, fashion, and iconography. Her sculptures usually employ found objects, which provide the inspiration for a particular piece. Perreault considers her work to be part of the contemporary folk art genre, an art form she collects internationally and is passionate about, as it is largely practiced by self-taught artists like herself, and exerts a humbleness and humanity that she admires.
While Perreault’s pieces often provide social commentary through these elements, she hopes that a moment of whimsy or enchantment will be experienced by viewers of her work.