In the summer of 2003, Marilyn Henrion was granted an artist residency in Cape Cornwall, England. A solo exhibition of her work inspired by this experience will be presented in "CORNWALL: INSIDE / OUTSIDE" which opens at the Noho Gallery in New York City June 1, 2004.
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From a cottage at the very westernmost tip of England, on the cliffs above the wild Atlantic Ocean, the artist traversed the moors on foot, past ancient Neolithic stone burial sites, crumbling ruins of old tin mines, and fields ablaze with wildflowers. The duality of the artist’s response to this experience is expressed in two parallel series of works. One, "Cornwall Journals," focuses on the external visual images encountered, and consists of photographic impressions translated into digital images, printed on cloth and hand stitched. The second, a continuation of the "Innerspace" series begun several years ago, expresses the internal experience generated by uninterrupted solitude in a place seemingly removed from time. In these hand pieced and stitched silk constructions for which the artist is best known, architectural spaces serve as metaphor for one’s inner life.
About her work, critic J. Sanders Eaton wrote in Gallery & Studio, "Henrion breaks down the barriers between craft and art by creating works that transcend all such categories by virtue of their sheer aesthetic power..." Sandra Sider wrote in FIBERARTS, "Each work in a series can be interpreted as the variation on a theme in which the artist considers complimentary aspects of experience and emotion" the artist introduces a visual tension that builds and strengthens as the viewer studies one work after the other..."
A graduate of Cooper Union and a lifelong New Yorker, Marilyn Henrion’s award-winning works have been featured in solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the United States and abroad, including Albright-Knox Museum Gallery in Buffalo, NY; James A. Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, PA; Longview Art Museum in Longview, Texas; J.C. Epstein Museum Gallery in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; New York State Museum in Albany; Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum in Coshocton, Ohio; Museum of San Diego History; Islip Art Museum in East Islip, New York; Museum of Decorative and Applied Arts in Moscow; and Tokyo International Forum. Five of her works are include in an exhibition sponsored by the U.S. State Department, which will travel to museums overseas for Four years, beginning in Summer, 2004. Henrion’s next solo exhibition will be at Galerie Gora in Montreal, Canada in May, 2005. In addition her work is in public, corporate and private collections, including those of American Craft Museum, Museum of The American Quilters Society, U.S. Embassies in Guatemala, Botswana, and Morocco, Lucent Technologies, Avaya Communications, Kaiser Permanente, The Dana Farber Cancer Institute, SAS Institute, Carnegie Abbey Country Club, Rodale Press, and Nihon Vogue. Her art quilts are included in numerous publications, including Women Designers in the U.S.- 1900-2000, published in 2001 by Yale University Press. In 1996, she was awarded a grant by The ArtsLink Partnership, devoted to fostering excellence in the arts between the U.S. and countries of the former Soviet Union. She has also received grants from the New York State Crafts Alliance, Friends of Fiber Art International and Nihon Vogue in Japan. Henrion is included in The Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art.
"CORNWALL: INSIDE / OUTSIDE" opens June 1, 2004 and runs through June 19, 2004. The Noho Gallery is located at 530 West 25th Street, 4th floor, in New York City. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M., and on Sundays by appointment. Marilyn Henrion’s work can be previewed on-line at www.marilynhenrion.com.