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Cloth Paper Scissors: Helena Hernmarck Weaves the Everyday

February 15, 2020 - October 18, 2020
Robert and Marlyss White Gallery (Gallery 281)
Free Exhibition

What sparks the artist’s imagination? Helena Hernmarck often finds inspiration in the stuff of everyday life: a letter, admission tickets, paper money, even dry cleaner tags. She contemplates these humble items, scales them up, and weaves them into large tapestries that display her virtuosic skills in photorealism. Showcased in this installation are four of Hernmarck’s “paper illusion” textiles in Mia’s permanent collection alongside works of art and archival materials from the artist’s private collection.

Helena Hernmarck, American (born Sweden), born 1941, Envelope from Sweden, 1992, wool, Gift of Helena M. Hernmarck 2008.57.5