1155 6th Ave., Manhattan
The exhibition encompasses two series of works, Soft City, and Complexity, both of which resonate with the words of T.S. Eliot in this exerpt from “Four Quartets.”
Home is where one starts from. As we grow older
The world becomes stranger, the pattern more complicated
of dead and living. Not the intense moment
Isolated, with no before and after,
But a lifetime burning in every moment
And not the lifetime of one man only
But of old stones that cannot be deciphered.
The images in Soft City are derived from Henrion’s neighborhood. Once the city’s hard unyielding surfaces are peeled back, the beautiful and complex patina of each facade is illuminated, hinting at the mysteries of past lives contained therein.
In the Complexity works, the focus is on the natural world, where the same mysterious beauty of the aging process is extended through eons of time.
The process of creating these works is the same for both series: the artist digitally manipulates her photographs, prints them onto cotton, and hand quilts the three layered construction together, creating the surface animation.
Henrion celebrates that irregular and intimate quality of things made of the human hand. Applying contemporary aesthetic sensibilities to traditional textile techniques, and combining them with modern technologies, she transforms the medium into a vehicle for sophisticated visual expressions with strong graphic impact.