Featured Artist of the Week- Shelia Hicks

Sheila Hicks is an American textile artist whose work is a mixture of sculpture and tapestry. After receiving her BFA and MFA from Yale University, Hicks started her career painting in Chile on a Fulbright scholarship. It was during this time when her interest in working with fibers began. Hicks’ work is known for its distinctive colors and different scales- from miniature to gigantic. Materials used to create her designs include cotton, wool, linen, silk, goat hair, alpaca fur, paper, leather, stainless steel and found objects. Hicks’ has founded workshops in Mexico, Chile, and South America that use traditional methods to produce commercial textiles. Over the past 50 years, she has produced several large art commissions, the most known being the hanging for the conference room of the Ford Foundation in New York. Her work is exhibited permanently at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Museum of Nebraska Art, the Museo de Bellas Artes in Chile and the Musee des Arts Decoratifs in Nantes.

 

Linen Lean-to, linen tapestry bas-relief                                    Hastings Visit to the Great Plains, linen,

                                                                                                          cotton

                 

Rus des Marronniers, Alpaca and silk                   Six Soft Stones, silk, wool, linen, monofilament,

                                                                                      mohair, nylon, cotton, garments- wrapped

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