Sheila Hicks, The Questioning Column, 2016 Acrylic fiber, installed dimensions variable Installation view at the Art Gallery of New South Wales for the 20th Biennale of Sydney
Sheila Hicks has been working almost exclusively with textiles throughout her decades-long career. Known for pushing the material into monumental scale, Hicks’s textile sculptures and installations transform thread and fiber into entire environments and reflect her formalist training, with their emphasis on color, form, and line. Her work draws from traditions of weaving, architecture, fashion, and her personal experiences of living, working, and traveling across the globe.
For her exhibition at the Nasher, Hicks will create new, site-specific installations in the Garden and Lower Level Gallery. Building on her recent monumental outdoor interventions in Paris, Versailles, and New York City’s The High Line, Hicks will activate the linear, man-made grid of the Nasher Garden by installing durable, color-fast, pigmented fiber along the Garden’s architectural seams: walking paths, walls, and seating areas. Through this subtle, unmonumental gesture, Hicks suggests a latent material hovering beneath the Nasher Garden that is slowly seeping into the natural environment. In the Lower Level Gallery, the artist will install new textile sculptures that will complement the Garden intervention and invite viewers to consider the relationships between outside and inside, high art and craft, latency and activity, form and antiform.