Upcoming Exhibition – Move Me / Touchez Moi – Marjolein Dallinga On view: November 8, 2019 – January 19, 2020

Pink Matter (2 pieces) ,450/300 cm ,350/75cm, felted wool and silk, 2019
Photo credit: Philippe Doucet

Marjolein Dallinga

Mary E. Black Gallery

1061 Marginal Rd. Suite 140, Halifax, NS

On view: November 8, 2019 – January 19, 2020
Closed for holidays December 23, 2019 – January 3, 2020
Tuesday – Friday: 9am – 5pm
Saturday & Sunday: 11am – 4pm

For more than twenty years textile artist Marjolein Dallinga has been working with wool by wet felting sculptures and costumes that revel in the natural world. Dallinga’s career brought her from her birth place of the Netherlands to Quebec where she has worked for Cirque De Soleil and exhibited world wide. The textiles in Move Me / Touchez Moi simultaneously obscure and reveal the human body, mimicking its natural make up in human sized and wearable sculptures. Her forms are inspired by sea creatures, plants, organs and cell structures, creating an interplay that makes alien what is terrestrial.

The thick felt is worked by hand into stiff yet still soft shapes and textures that beg to be touched. The work is deeply tactile and created through a rigorous process that Dallinga feels emotionally attached to; “felting is not something I do but a place I want to go, a language of the imagination, a challenging craft to consume my anxious energy.”

In addition to mounting her exhibition Move me / Touchez Moi, Marjolein Dallinga be on site at the Centre for Craft to create new felt work. Visitors are welcome to drop by her studio during gallery hours from the 8th to the 10th of November.