Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Midweek meander

Art is pattern informed by sensibility. Herbert Read.

This week I thought I would show you the work of a favorite artist of mine, the dutch artist Marian Bijlenga. I've been thinking a lot lately about the rhythm of things, pattern, stitch and I guess because it's spring renewal, it was with these thoughts in mind that I remembered Marians wonderful work.

Colour Dots 19. 2009. Detail.

Sampler Dots 2004.

Marian Bijlenga is a visual artist who works mainly with fibre and sometimes glass and ceramics. Her practice began in September 1982 and has carried on until the present day, her work is in many collections and has won many  awards, you can see more of her work  here

Seeing her installing her artwork gives you some idea of the scale of the pieces.A lot of the work is on a large scale like this one, such wonderful movement, like great big textile painting or maybe stars, planets and universes, what do you think?

Palimpsest 3. 2007.

Palimpsest 2. Detail.

Dots and Holes. 2004.

For me the organic nature of these pieces and the rhythm of the shapes is very appealing, they suggest a certain order to things, she has produced work using horse hair, fish scales, stones etc. Marian has a terrific set of images on she is also generous enough to include images of the things that inspire her, well worth a look if you find this work interesting.

The repeated shape is not actually the same-
the more subtle, the more poetic this repeated
shape is, the more we feel the resonate pulse.
Suzanne Northcote.

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