Award-winning American fiber artist and Yale University alum, Sheila Hicks blurs the boundary between painting and sculpture with her vibrant woven and textile works. Creating various shapes and sizes - her artwork runs the gamut of wall of mountings that mimic the format of painting to suspended pieces that hang from ceiling to floor like textured columns. Her use of “domestic” mediums differed radically from the rigid industrial techniques of the Minimalists and hard edges of the abstract painters prominent amongst her contemporaries; Hicks is closely aligned with Eva Hesse, her fellow student and fellow innovator of sculpture made from soft, atypical materials.
At this years’s Design Miami/Basel, Hicks was selected to participate in a new program called Design at Large. There, she exhibited large-scale design works in the theme of metamorphosis, capturing the ever-evolving nature of design. Presented by Demisch Danant Gallery, Hicks constructed Séance using an innovative synthetic material woven from powdered color pigments and a binding agent. The sprawling interactive installation of vibrant fiber “bundles” was framed by two cascading pillars. Nestled amongst the bundles in Séance is a table loaded with trays of hand-painted blocks, which visitors can play with, mixing and matching the different colors in unique series, much as Hicks does in her work.
Hicks current solo show, Unknown Data, is on exhibition at Galerie Frank Elbaz (located in the neighborhood Le Marais in Paris) until October 18th, 2014.