Maggie Henton

Maggie Henton


Much of Maggie Henton’s recent practice has been developed in response to specific sites. She is interested in quality of place, and in how places are constructed and inhabited. The form the work takes reflects her response to the site. Working methods include; drawing, stitch, printmaking, photography, video, and installation.

For the last decade Maggie Henton has been making work in response to site. She is interested in quality of place, and in how places are constructed and inhabited. Current areas of enquiry include; relationships between architecture and landscape; graffiti and found text; and collections and their use in the construction of place and identity. Residencies form an important part of her working method, and provide the stimulus for the development of new ideas and inform her choice of materials and processes.

The apparent restrictions of working on site (and often out of a suitcase) are a creative challenge and a prompt to think outside her comfort zone. On recent projects working processes and outcomes have included; video installations, photographic works, large scale wall drawings, print and drawing series. Latterly, and in response to her work on various residencies, she has been developing working methods which involve the translation of photographs, often in combination with layered drawings, prints and rubbings taken directly from the site. These are used to build up subtle and complex sequences of images.

Maggie Henton has had residencies in; Hill End, NSW (2008); Bundanon, NSW (2008); Canberra School of Art, Australia (1997 and 2005/6); and has worked on projects in Spain and Greece. Recent exhibitions include; Shapes of Longing, Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney (2009); Searching for Asphodels, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2008). Her work is represented in numerous public collections, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, the American Crafts Museum, and the Crafts Council Collection.

HOME - LAND | This detail is from an installation made during a residency at the Bundanon Trust. The work concerned issues of making a strange place home and of what constitutes home.
WINDINGS AND DURATIONS (detail) | Pair of screen-printed scrolls, on paper with stitch, wooden rollers and stand; 45cm x 45cm x 200cm. Photo: Maggie Henton

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London, England

Greater London


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