Approved: 06.10.2010

Maggie Henton

Artist

Approved: 06.10.2010

My art practice centres on an enquiry into quality of place, especially the ways in which place is constructed and inhabited. These interests led to my completing an MA in Architecture and Spatial Culture in 2004. Much of my work over the following decade focused on residencies and contexts in which I was invited to respond to a specific location. The forms this work took reflects the particularities of the site. Pieces have included video installations, photography, large scale wall drawings, and print and drawing series. Working in this way has provides the stimulus for the development of new ideas, whilst the apparent restrictions (of working on site and often out of a suitcase) are a creative challenge and a prompt to think beyond my comfort zone. I have worked at sites in various locations in Europe and extensively in Australia. Other works related to specific sites and contexts have been made for the Zoology Museum, Cambridge; Bankfield Museum, Halifax; the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the Welbeck Estate, Nottinghamshire; Platt Hall Costume Museum, Manchester; and most recently for Shoreditch Town Hall. ‘Make Do and Mend: the Economy of Repair’ shown at Platt Hall in 2012 is part of an ongoing enquiry into the worn and repaired (attitudes towards which are a reflection of the cultural and economic values of their time and place). ‘Patterns of Inhabitation’, an exploration of domestic life and material culture, another ongoing project, has been worked across a number of different sites with differing outcomes. These include the video installation ‘Domestic Ritual - Sweeping’, made and displayed in a small house in rural Spain in 2006; whilst, ‘London House’ consisted of a series of prints based on rubbings taken from an Edwardian house; and most recently, an artist book series attempted to map the signs and clues found beneath the floor coverings of a house in Devon. This work was exhibited in Japan in 2013.

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    My art practice centres on an enquiry into quality of place, especially the ways in which place is constructed and inhabited. These interests led to my completing an MA in Architecture and Spatial Culture in 2004. Much of my work over the following decade focused on residencies and contexts in which I was invited to respond to a specific location. The forms this work took reflects the particularities of the site. Pieces have included video installations, photography, large scale wall drawings, and print and drawing series. Working in this way has provides the stimulus for the development of new ideas, whilst the apparent restrictions (of working on site and often out of a suitcase) are a creative challenge and a prompt to think beyond my comfort zone. I have worked at sites in various locations in Europe and extensively in Australia. Other works related to specific sites and contexts have been made for the Zoology Museum, Cambridge; Bankfield Museum, Halifax; the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the Welbeck Estate, Nottinghamshire; Platt Hall Costume Museum, Manchester; and most recently for Shoreditch Town Hall. ‘Make Do and Mend: the Economy of Repair’ shown at Platt Hall in 2012 is part of an ongoing enquiry into the worn and repaired (attitudes towards which are a reflection of the cultural and economic values of their time and place). ‘Patterns of Inhabitation’, an exploration of domestic life and material culture, another ongoing project, has been worked across a number of different sites with differing outcomes. These include the video installation ‘Domestic Ritual - Sweeping’, made and displayed in a small house in rural Spain in 2006; whilst, ‘London House’ consisted of a series of prints based on rubbings taken from an Edwardian house; and most recently, an artist book series attempted to map the signs and clues found beneath the floor coverings of a house in Devon. This work was exhibited in Japan in 2013.

    Since 2010 I have been working with the East London Printmakers Studio and my practice has increasing been focused on printmaking.