Exhibition Description


Marie T. Hermann
And dusk turned dawn, Blackthorn
May 2 – June 20, 2015

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In And dusk turned dawn, Blackthorn, Marie T. Hermann presents a group of twelve new still life scenes from the everyday life. Shown in a room of William Morris wallpaper covered walls, the modernist language of the pieces, destitute of all decoration and patterns, contrasts with the immediately recognizable Arts and Crafts floral pattern.

Hermann grew up in Denmark in an environment heavily influenced by the heritage of Danish Modernism, and then studied in England. Finding that she was equally interested in the Arts and Crafts movement and the language of modernism, Hermann has explored the juxtaposition of these contrasting areas of art history inciting an unexpected dialog to emerge.

In And dusk turned dawn, Blackthorn, these two seemingly contradicting visual worlds are brought together seamlessly, insinuating connections between form and pattern, history and shapes, as Hermann would suggest captured “in objects that travel around with us, frozen in one moment in time before they move on, as we move on.”


Marie Torbensdatter Hermann (born Copenhagen, Denmark) lives and works in Detroit, USA. She moved to London, UK, in 2000 and got her BA in art from The University of Westminster in 2003. She then worked as a studio manager for the British artist Edmund de Waal from 2003-2007, after which she studied at Royal College of Art in London and got her MFA in 2009.

In 2014 she was part of the exhibition, Another Look at Detroit: Parts 1 and 2, curated by Todd Levin at Marianne Boesky Gallery and Marlborough Chelsea. Solo exhibitions include “A Gentle Blow to the Rock” at Re:View gallery (Detroit) and Galerie Nec (Paris, France); “Stillness in the Glorious Wilderness” at Gallery Matin (Los Angeles); “The only thing I can think about is yellow” at Egg (London); “To The legion of the Lost” (London); and “A joyful gathering of a defenceless legion” in Los Angeles. In addition to numerous group exhibitions in USA, Denmark, Italy, China, Sweeden and Germany, her work is represented in the collections of The Danish Art Foundation, The Denver Art Museum, the Servre Museum in France, The Jingdezhen Ceramic Art Museum in China, and The Rothschild Collection in Waddesdon Manor, UK. She was awarded the 2013 Kresge Artist Fellowships, the Danish Art Foundation grant in 2014, 2012 and 2009, and the Annie and Otto Johs. Detlefs grant for young experimental ceramic artist in 2010. Hermann’s work has been reviewed by major publications like Artforum, the Daily Beast, Blueprint, and Ceramic Review. She is also curator and co-director of Sixpm project space in the UK, and in 2010 she was one of the juries at the Biennale Internationale de Vallauris, France. She is currently a faculty at College for Creative Studies in Detroit.