In the works of Marilyn Henrion, the medium IS the message. The artist celebrates "that irregular and intimate quality of things made entirely of the human hand". Applying contemporary aesthetic sensibilities to traditional textile techniques, and combining them with modern technologies as she sees fit, Henrion transforms the medium into a vehicle for sophisticated visual expressions with strong graphic impact. The artist employs different forms of hand needlework in her work, each comprising a series of works constructed in one of the techniques. The images she creates, whether abstract or representational, are always metaphorical, often resonating with poetry and other literary and scientific references. Her work is included in museum, corporate, and private collections worldwide, and she is represented in the Smithsonian Institution's Archives of American Art in Washington DC.