Current Exhibition



Marjolein Dallinga


Opening: Thursday November 7, 6pm
On view:  November 8, 2019 - Januray 19, 2020

Please note The Mary E. Black will close for the holiday from December 23 - Jan 3
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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.

On November 6th at 12pm NSCAD University will host Dallinga for a public artist talk at The Art Bar, 1873 Granville Street, Halifax.

Join us and meet Marjolein Dallinga at the opening reception of Move Me / Touchez Moi November 7th at 6pm at the Mary E. Black Gallery.

Funding for this exhibition comes from Canada Council for the Arts

We respectfully acknowledge that The Mary E. Black Gallery and the Centre For Craft Nova Scotia is situated in Mi'kma'ki, which is the unceded traditional ancestral territory of the Mi'kmaq people.


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