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HomeWork by Melanie Bilenker

Exhibition  /  08 Jan 2021  -  11 Feb 2021
Published: 11.01.2021
Melanie Bilenker. Brooch: Ann's Begonia, 2021. Hair on paper, silver, mineral crystal, stainless steel.. 7 x 8.3 x 0.6 cm. Melanie Bilenker
Brooch: Ann's Begonia, 2021
Hair on paper, silver, mineral crystal, stainless steel.
7 x 8.3 x 0.6 cm
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Intro
Sienna Patti Contemporary is proud to open 2021 with our fifth solo exhibition of artist Melanie Bilenker. Bilenker’s work is rooted technically in 19th-century hair work – translating the historic art of Victorian hair jewelry into wearable art objects – and thematically in current snapshots of the everyday.

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Melanie Bilenker
Using a drawing technique inspired by historic hair work, 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. 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 a limited edition by the artist.

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


Opening Hours
Wednesday to Sunday, 10 am - 5 pm.
By appointment only and 24 hours in advance.
You can book your appointment online or by email.


About the artist
Based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Melanie Bilenker received a BFA in Crafts and Jewelry from the University of the Arts, Philadelphia. Most recently her work was included in The Smithsonian Museum of American Art’s 40 Under 40 and Jewellery Unleashed at the Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem, Netherlands, and is currently on view in the Museum of Arts and Design exhibition, 45 Stories. Her work may be found in renowned institutions around the world including the Metropolitan Museum and Museum of Arts and Design, New York City, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington D.C., Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Melanie Bilenker. Brooch: Trim, 2020. Hair on paper, silver, stainless steel, mineral crystal.. 3.5 x 5.7 x 1 cm. Melanie Bilenker
Brooch: Trim, 2020
Hair on paper, silver, stainless steel, mineral crystal.
3.5 x 5.7 x 1 cm
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Melanie Bilenker. Brooch: Braekfast for Dinner, 2020. Hair on paper, silver, stainless steel, mineral crystal.. 6.4 x 6.4 x 1 cm. Melanie Bilenker
Brooch: Braekfast for Dinner, 2020
Hair on paper, silver, stainless steel, mineral crystal.
6.4 x 6.4 x 1 cm
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Melanie Bilenker. Brooch: Sunday Afternoon, 2020. Hair on paper, silver, mineral crystal, stainless steel.. 5.1 x 7 x 0.6 cm. Melanie Bilenker
Brooch: Sunday Afternoon, 2020
Hair on paper, silver, mineral crystal, stainless steel.
5.1 x 7 x 0.6 cm
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Melanie Bilenker. Necklace: Sunday Clean, 2019. Hair on paper, mineral crystal, silver, silver leaf.. 45.7 cm. Melanie Bilenker
Necklace: Sunday Clean, 2019
Hair on paper, mineral crystal, silver, silver leaf.
45.7 cm
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Melanie Bilenker. Object: Washing Day, 2019. Hair on paper, brass, glass, antique stereoscope.. 9.3 x 18 x 0.5 cm. Melanie Bilenker
Object: Washing Day, 2019
Hair on paper, brass, glass, antique stereoscope.
9.3 x 18 x 0.5 cm
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Melanie Bilenker. Object: A Room, 2019. Hair on paper, brass, glass, wood.. 39.4 x 23.2 x 16.5 cm. Melanie Bilenker
Object: A Room, 2019
Hair on paper, brass, glass, wood.
39.4 x 23.2 x 16.5 cm
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Melanie Bilenker. Object: A Room, 2019. Hair on paper, brass, glass, wood.. 39.4 x 23.2 x 16.5 cm. Alternative view.. Melanie Bilenker
Object: A Room, 2019
Hair on paper, brass, glass, wood.
39.4 x 23.2 x 16.5 cm

Alternative view.

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Melanie Bilenker. Object: Shaving, 2017. Hair, paper, mother of pearl, gold, silver, bronze, mineral crystal, gold.. 6.4 x 3.5 x 3.5 cm. Melanie Bilenker
Object: Shaving, 2017
Hair, paper, mother of pearl, gold, silver, bronze, mineral crystal, gold.
6.4 x 3.5 x 3.5 cm
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Melanie Bilenker. Object: Shaving, 2017. Hair, paper, mother of pearl, gold, silver, bronze, mineral crystal, gold.. 6.4 x 3.5 x 3.5 cm. Detailed view.. Melanie Bilenker
Object: Shaving, 2017
Hair, paper, mother of pearl, gold, silver, bronze, mineral crystal, gold.
6.4 x 3.5 x 3.5 cm

Detailed view.

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