The personal exhibition Sheila Hicks: “Stones of the World” is in sight in the gallery of Alison Jacques in London on Saturday, November 11th.
Sheila Hicks is a woman who changed the attitude of the whole world to textiles, allowing him to take a well-deserved place among other arts. Colorful panels, compositions and installations today travel around the world from the Venice Biennale to the Pompidou Center, decorating the gallery space and private collections.
Sheila Hicks was born in 1934 in Nebraska, America. Studying the fine arts, Sheila was carried away by the culture of Latin America where she visited, as well as in India, Morocco. Its intresos revival of ethnic folk techniques of weaving.
“Textiles were pushed back to secondary roles in our society, to a material that was either functional or decorative. I wanted to give him another status and show what the artist can do with these incredible materials. “
The hobby for the threads and fabrics of the future artist began in her childhood, her mother taught her to sew, and her grandmother – to embroider. Then – studying at Yale University in the Faculty of Arts and Architecture. Then Hicks became interested in pre-textile textiles. The degree work was so good that the young girl was offered an internship in Chile.
Since that moment Sheila Hicks began to actively travel, get acquainted with archaeological samples and even opened her first textile workshop. Later in the 60’s, when the artist moved to Paris, where she opened the Atelier des Grands Augustins.
Hicks began to make large-scale panels, weaving not only colorful threads and creating original color works, but also wove in them the most unexpected details, from plastic noodles to garments. Sheila could not stop at just one technique, and therefore spent some time traveling and communicating with designers and ordinary artisans, architects and politicians, to immerse herself even more in the textile environment.
Sheila Hicks admits that she wanted to present the textile in a new light, to make it an art, not a utilitarian and decorative thing. And she did it! Now the thread projects can be seen in the Tate Gallery, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Stadelick Museum, the Metropolitan Museum and the Chicago Museums, the Pompidou Center in Paris, Miami and Omaha.
Hicks creates bright, colorful balls, weaves geometric carpets, more like futuristic inventions than interior objects, surprising everyone with the shape and pitch of such art.