With a career that spans five decades, Hicks’s work traverses the boundaries between painting and sculpture, design, craft and even architecture with the use of woven forms. Challenging the hierarchical classification of textiles as a more artisanal design-based medium, Hicks combines her early training in painting, the interaction of color with Josef Albers, and art history with George Kubler, with an expert understanding of the craft of weaving and tapestry-making.
From sculptures such as Beauvais (2012) – a monumental work of coral, sepia, chrome and cadmium yellow linen stalks that is suspended like a waterfall – to her “minims” – framed woven miniatures made throughout her career – Hicks employs color and line as an abstract visual language. For example, Menhir (1998-2004), is a looming presence. The human-like form standing over five feet high is compromised of twisted linen cord – gathered and wrapped by foot long segments of rich blue, purple, gray and brown stainless steel fibers – that falls like human hair to its base.
Picture 1: CORDES SAUVAGES Atelier Sheila Hicks, by Gallery Sikkema Jenkins Gallery.
Picture 2: MENHIR Atelier Sheila Hicks, by B. van den Berg.
Exibition from April, 20 to Mai, 25 2012. Opening reception: Friday, April 20th 6-9PM
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