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Marion Held
Montclair, NJ
Sculpture




Artwork Details
Splitting Hairs
2007
ceramic, cast rubber, horse hair
8” x 11.5” x 14”
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Marion Held manipulates disparate materials such as cast rubber, wood, clay, metal, fabric, and found objects to create sculpture that is both familiar and arcane; almost real, but actually without any specific narrative in the material world. Her work has the intensity of old bones and is evocative of the body and the passage of time. Sometimes whimsical, often disquieting, it poses questions. What precisely is this? What has happened here? Am I looking at what is, what was, or what will be? The meaning is elusive, inviting the viewer to reflect.

Held's most recent solo exhibition was at Medialia Gallery in NYC, where several of her works are now on view. She is currently an active member of the Fellows Council for the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, and is the recipient of numerous grants, fellowships, and international residency awards, including two NJ State Council on the Arts Fellowship Awards in Sculpture, a Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellows Award, an Aljira Emerge Fellowship, a Fellowship at Fundacion Valparaiso in Spain, and three Dodge Foundation Grants to VCCA, Amherst, VA.

Held was invited to create work on site for several artists symposiums including TDG4 (Tambacounda/Dakar/Geneva), the Beer-Sheva International Biennale, Beer-Sheva, Israel, and the 33rd International Sculpture Symposium in Boleslawiec, Poland. Her sculpture is also included in the collections of the Fundacion Valparaiso (Mojacar, Spain), the Negev Museum Sculpture Garden (Beer-Sheva, Israel), Tajimi City (Japan), Grounds for Sculpture (NJ), the Montclair Art Museum (NJ), the Museum of Modern Art Artists Library (NYC), The Newark Museum (NJ), the New Jersey State Museum, VCCA (VA), and Southwest Minnesota State University Art Museum . Her work has been reviewed in Sculpture Magazine, American Ceramics, NY ARTS and the The New York Times.


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