Erruas, Safaa
Born 1976 in Tétouan, Morocco
She lives and works in Tétouan, Morocco
Safaa Erruas’s work is characterised by the predominance of the colour white and the recurrence of materials such as paper, cotton, gauze, pearls, needles, glass and razor blades. In a body of work that considers intuition and formal research as a source of creation, Erruas elaborates, in meticulous and ritualised gestures, works on paper and installations. Between visible and invisible, consciousness and unconsciousness, fragility and violence, her works act as windows opening onto a world of tension that questions our deep intimacies. Graduating from the National Institute of Fine Arts in Tétouan in 1998, she began her artistic journey, developing a singular approach. Her work has been exhibited in institutions worldwide in Morocco, France, Spain, Italy, UK, USA, Australia, Cuba and India. In 2018, in celebration of her career, spanning 20 years, L’Atelier 21 edited the artist’ first monograph Le temps parcouru. Safaa’s work can be found among others in Société Générale (Morocco), the Fondation ONA (Morocco), the Fondation Jean-Paul Blachère (France), the Centre d’Art Contemporain de Lagos (Nigeria).
Safaa Erruas, Les récits de l’histoire, 2017, Images of eyes, metallic threads, resin leaves and text on cut and printed cotton paper. 40 x 62 cm. Courtesy L’Atelier 21