MEET YOUR MAKER : Melanie Bilenker
MELANIE BILENKER’S work is rooted technically in 19th century hairwork – translating the historic art of Victorian hair jewelry into wearable art objects – and thematically in current snapshots of the everyday. Using a drawing technique inspired by historic hairwork, Bilenker studies a simple movement, photographs it, draws it and redraws it in single strands of hair, meticulously gluing individual strands to paper in an attempt to preserve and capture fleeting time so that it can be revisited.
Bilenker’s latest series, HomeWork, features a new series of pendants and brooches, as well as one-of-a-kind objects including a tunnel book of hair on paper, glass, brass and wood. Also included is a series of miniature pins and pendants made in limited edition by the artist.
Read about Melanie in this month’s Vogue.
Eye Pin #2, Scrubbing Necklace & Trim Brooch
HomeWork is a reflection on the invisible work that we all take part in behind closed doors. All of the time spent caring for and existing within the spaces we create that only those closest to us see. How we trim our hair over the sink, the way we hold the scissors; these are gestures rarely seen by other people, yet we can recognize ourselves in these small movements. – Melanie Bilenker
On view at Sienna Gallery, 80 Main Street, Lenox, MA
January 9 – February 11, 2021
Melanie has created a limited edition Eye Pendant set in gold & sapphire, just for us.
Each one custom made, just for you.
For the perfect Valentine’s Day gift, order by January 18th!