Marilyn Henrion uses color, line, and form much as a poet employs words to convey a particular emotion or idea. The resulting works pay homage to traditional textile forms and hand needlework techniques, while transforming them into works of art that reflect contemporary sensibilities. In her recent mixed media works, these ancient folk art techniques are combined with modern technologies of digitally manipulated photography and inkjet printing to create a further layering of past and present. In all of her works, the presence of the human hand remains an important element. About her work, art critic Ed McCormack writes: “This major American artist is one of precious few who have taken the textile medium far beyond its brief popularity during the feminist era and continued to broaden its possibilities and elevate it to the highest level of contemporary mainstream aesthetics.”
A graduate of Cooper Union and a lifelong New Yorker, Marilyn Henrion is represented in the Smithsonian Institution’s Archives of American Art. Her award-winning works included in solo and group exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the U.S. and abroad. The works, in major corporate, museum, and private collections, including the Museum of Arts & Design in New York, the U.S. Embassy in Pnom Penh, Kaiser Permanente, Lucent Technologies, Carnegie Abbey Country Club, Portsmouth, RI, and others, have also been featured in numerous publications, including “Women Designers In The U.S.- 1900-2000,” published in 2001 by Yale University Press. Among the grants she has received, was one awarded in 1996 by The Artslink Partnership, devoted to fostering excellence in the arts between the U.S. and countries of the former Soviet Union In 2005, she was awarded a Fellowship by the New York Foundation for the Arts.