Texture, color, structure. Renowned fiber artist Sheila Hicks returns to these themes in her work, which bridges the worlds of art and design. Soft but contemporary, her oeuvre shows the convergence of influences from painting to weaving to sculpture. For an exhibition at Alison Jacques Gallery, “Stones of Peace,” Hicks has created new pieces in linen, silk, cotton, and synthetic fiber. “My exhibition is about limitless inquiry, doubtful forays into obscurity, and rejection of norms,” she writes.
In Langue d’oiseau II, crimson strands flank a band of orange, the rich hues evoking the canvases of painter Mark Rothko. Earlier works include Grand Boules, a group of eight tightly wrapped bundles formed from colorful threads. Its influence is shown in the recent Cobblestone I, a blue, maroon, and red orb composed of linen, cotton, and synthetic fibers. For Les Espions, her material restraint and playfulness are seen in the same piece, with bright cocoon-like forms peeking out from a neutral ground. Seen together, the works prove the mastery of Hicks, who has been working and exhibiting for more than six decades.
Born in Hastings, Nebraska, the artist’s work is currently on view around the world, including an installation at New York’s High Line park. Coming later this month is an outdoor commission in the gardens of Versailles and an exhibition at the Museo Amparo in Puebla, Mexico.
Sheila Hicks’s “Stones of Peace” is on view at the Alison Jacques Gallery in London until November 11, 2017.