Reviews of Marigold Islington Gazette August 5 1993.Paul Ravenscroft Gloves at First Sight Passers-by have been baffled by a window stuffed with red and yellow rubber gloves in Rosebery Avenue, Finsbury. The display is the latest in a series of "window installations" by artist Maggie Ellenby, titled Marigolds, and made using a florist's techniques to create a design with a flower-like quality. The gloves were surplus stock donated by the Marigold Houseglove company. Previous window displays included paper lit up at nightby ultraviolet light, an illuminated "Speed Kills, Jesus Saves" design and a "Pause" sign which returns while she considers what to do next. Maggie describes her work as being "all about an urban landscape", and the window installations as "art for travelling past". And there is more to come, although she wants to keep her next project secret. "My next project will have to be another surprise!" she says. Time Out September 1-8 1993. Robin Dutt Maggie Ellenby Housed in an empty shop opposite Sadlers Wells in Islington is Maggie Ellenby's installation of Marigold rubber gloves. It's not every day one bumps into so many gloves crammed into a little box window, and the effect is not entirely unpleasant. Stripped of their domesticity, the gloves - red in one window and yellow in another, all in a blue box frame - create intense areas of colour. At first glance, the many layered, multi-digit kitchen familiars resemble collapsed cows udders or flat teats from an S&M game. The poetically inclined might even be reminded of luminous fields of orange flowers. Marigolds for instance. Ellenby's point is to unveil the strangeness and poeticism in everyday objects. By placing the seemingly mundane in unexpected situations, they take on a weird and wonderful life of their own. We've all put on a pair of rubber gloves in our time, most of us to do the washing up, some of us to explore the seamier side of life. But whether the piece intrigues or just reminds you to include a pair on the weekly shopping-list these humble objects worm their way into one's consciousness. Daily Express August 23 1993. Sam Taylor You've got to hand it to her If you got down to the theatre today you'll be in for a big surprise. In a gallery window opposite the otherwise sedate Sadlers Wells, the artist Maggie Ellenby is continuing her series of window installations with Marigold (price on application), an exhibition of household rubber gloves. Using a technique employed by florists when making the elaborate local funerals. Ellenby has filled the windows with red and yellow rubber gloves. She claims to enjoy the fortuitous correlation between the flowerlike and their trade name - Art as Product. Product as Nature. And you thought they were just for washing up. The Independent 19 October 1993. Iain Gale Modern Icons I've worked a lot in rubber and I've used gloves before but in a very tactile way. This piece, "Marigold", came out of looking at the local funerals. They have amazing flower pieces that say "Mum" and "Dad". But it was obvious that I should be more minimalist and so it became a colour-field work. I use materials for what they are but then they take on connotations. I'm very much a formalist but that doesn't mean there aren't other things going on here. It's that Shakespearean thing of the city being the beehive. I'm interested in the sociology of the street. The audience brings things to it. It seems to appeal to the Fifties housewife generation. The gloves are domestic and pretty and I like the way they grope the window. Review of "No" The Times October 19 1994. Sacha Craddock Maggie Ellenby has repeatedly used the same shop window for her work.It really doesn't pretend to be much more than something to walk past or see from the bus as it turns the corner. The current installation, which has thousands of individual marshmallows filling the window to spell out a thin and shaky "No", is part of a consistent plan of artistic activity. In a gallery this idea might seem to be only about extending the range of art made from confectionery, but here it works much better. Is this a general protest? Is it serious? And at what kind of level is such suddenly surprising street art supposed to operate? News Item on "Shadow" Art Monthly March 1995. Art Notes Nightmare on Rosebery Avenue Maggie Ellenby's recent installation at 108 Rosebery Avenue,"Shadow" was cause for the emergency services to be called in January. The outline image of a man in jeans and a bomber jacket - projected onto a screen - was mistaken by three boys for a real man hanging in the window near Sadlers Wells Theatre. Upon arrival of the police and ambulance, Ellenby apologised for the false alarm and for the misinterpretation of the image, and was told that she may be under threat of arrest and prosecution for the 'use of images in a public situation which could be perceived as offensive or threatening'. After seeking legal advice, the lights were turned back on in the installation, but the figure had been adjusted so as to avoid any further confusion. The works are intended to deal with aspects of everyday life, and while this time Ellenby says her work may perhaps have been a little too successful, she is somewhat consoled by the fact that the boys did take action and call for help. 'People often see incidents and remain bystanders.'