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 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 Shoreditch Town Hall. 

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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 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 Shoreditch Town Hall. 

    For the last two years I have been working on an investigation prompted by the events of the last two years in England.  I have been photographing in the streets of London; tracking evidence of Empire and its overwriting; the abject and broken; and, collecting images of yellow and black hazard tape found everywhere on the London pavements.  Some of this research has been worked into a series of prints. 

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