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 reflected the particularities of the site. Pieces included video installations, photography, large scale wall drawings, print and drawing series. Working in this way provided the stimulus for the development of new ideas, whilst the apparent restrictions (of working on site and often out of a suitcase) were 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. 

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    Artist Statement

    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 reflected the particularities of the site. Pieces included video installations, photography, large scale wall drawings, print and drawing series. Working in this way provided the stimulus for the development of new ideas, whilst the apparent restrictions (of working on site and often out of a suitcase) were 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. 

    More recently I have been making work in response to museum collections, and historic buildings, including former textile mills and Victorian prisons. Currently I am working on projects concerning poverty and disease in Victorian London, and investigation into the legacies of Empire.

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

    My work is represented in numerous public and private collections.