Marianna Heilman
Marianna Heilman

Marianna Heilman

Past John Jones Artist-in-Residence

A long standing client of John Jones, Marianna had spent time on site producing her work in the past. She recognised an opportunity to immerse herself in the day to day materials used throughout the company and submitted a proposal to investigate this further. During her residency Marianna produced a series of beautiful collage works, using various materials she had discovered in the different production departments. These included used metal polishing wheels, discarded scalpel blades and offcuts of Japanese paper.

"The myriad of sounds, smells and sights was an inspiration and a lesson each day; the planing, blade cutting, the forming, the sanding, the cutting, the joining, the spraying, the sanding again, the gessoing, the painting, the gilding, the polishing, the soldering, the fixing, the sticking, the bonding, the mounting, the stretching and so on. Because of the very busy frame making schedule I did not dare to disturb and ask too many questions, but there were wonderful people who, at coffee breaks visited me, brought me materials, and told me about their particular expertise. The interaction with them was fundamental to the work I was able to carry out, for without them, I would have not had the materials that they brought to my attention and keenly collected for me, nor the wonderful coffee break chats."