Marian Bijlenga is a Dutch artist who studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam.
“I am fascinated by dots, lines and contours, by their rhythmical movements but also by the empty space they confine. Instead of drawing on paper, I draw in space by using textile as a material. I work with thread, fabric and horsehair, fishscales and parchment, materials which are soft, light, flexible and open to endless development. For me transparency is a prerequisite. By leaving some space between the structure and the wall the object is freed from its background and interacts with the white wall. It becomes what I call a “Spatial Drawing”.
“Fish scale”, 2018, 106 x 102 cm, fish scales, henna, stitched, copyright Marian Bijlenga
“Grid”, 2016, 60 x 60 cm, horsehair, fabric, stitched, copyright Marian Bijlenga
“Broken Dots-detail”, 2016, 106 x 97 cm, copyright Marian Bijlenga
She has won several prizes, including : Excellence Award, 6th International Textile Competition, Kyoto, Japan (1999) – Biennial Prize, 2nd International Tapestry Art Biennial, Beijing, China(2002) – Bavarian State Prize, Exempla, Munchen, BRD (2010)
Her work is collected internationally, and is represented in the LongHouse Reserve,USA, The Museum of Art & Design, New York, USA, The Craftmuseum, Finland, and the collections of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, CODA Museum, Apeldoorn, and Dutch Textile Museum, Tilburg, NL.
Photos has been taken from the artist’s website and are covered by copyright