HicksUp / Sheila Hicks

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After falling in love with Devan Shimoyama at the Centre for Contemporary Art in Málaga, I walked to the port to visit the Pompidou Centre. There I met Sheila Hicks (I wish in person), an artist I should have known about since she’s been creating since 1959 when she lived, worked, and taught in Guerrero, Mexico. She moved to Paris in 1964 and has been creating there ever since. Her first love is textile art and I can understand why. In 2007, Bard Graduate Center hosted an exhibit called “Sheila Hicks: Weaving as Metaphor.” A book for the exhibit, designed by Irma Boom was named “Most Beautiful Book in the World” at the Leipzig Book Fair. Boom had a lot to work with.

The exhibit included a number of less sculptural weavings that were framed, but shooting through the glass didn’t show them off well. So I haven’t included them here. The Pompidou exhibit is called “Traveling Threads.”

It’s raining! Do you want to know how rotten I am? I love when it rains on Sunday. The weekenders go home sooner.


Después de enamorarme de Devan Shimoyama en el Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, caminé hasta el puerto para visitar el Centro Pompidou. Allí conocí a Sheila Hicks (ojalá en persona), una artista que debería haber conocido ya que ha estado creando desde 1959 cuando vivía, trabajaba y enseñaba en Guerrero, México. Se mudó a París en 1964 y ha estado creando allí desde entonces. Su primer amor es el arte textil y puedo entender por qué. En 2007, Bard Graduate Center organizó una exhibición llamada “Sheila Hicks: Weaving as Metáfora”. Un libro para la exhibición, diseñado por Irma Boom, fue nombrado “El libro más bello del mundo” en la Feria del Libro de Leipzig. Boom tenía mucho con qué trabajar.

La exhibición incluía una serie de tejidos menos esculturales que estaban enmarcados, pero disparar a través del vidrio no los mostró bien. Así que no los he incluido aquí. La exposición del Pompidou se llama “Hilos itinerantes”.

¡Está lloviendo! ¿Quieres saber lo podrido que estoy? Me encanta cuando llueve el domingo. La “gente de fin de semana” se va antes a casa.

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18 thoughts on “HicksUp / Sheila Hicks”

  1. OK you have my ATTENTION ! Hicks-mania must be a verb! These are incredible. I can just feel the texture! Will try to find her book as you have mentioned! Thanks again, and 69 ~ hello!!

    1. Ron:
      I wonder if that book is even available. It was done for the exhibit. I hope you can find it. It must be incredible. I could live within her art.

  2. Love it. Are you familiar with the native American tradition of the talking stick? In a meeting the person who has the stick, has the floor and can talk until, they hand the stick off to the next person. I have one from the Blackfoot nation in Montana.

    1. David:
      Oh, yes. I also remember you telling about yours. I’ve never seen woven ones before.

  3. Interesting pieces. I tend to gravitate toward the larger pieces, especially the very colorful one suspended from the ceiling.

    1. Bob:
      I, too, was drawn to the larger pieces. She’s done much larger than what was displayed, too. There was a video of an installation of one. Ahhhhhhhh. I think the large one suspended from the ceiling was my favorite, too.

  4. I love the photo leading into the exhibit, and my fave piece is the 2023 Lianes Champagne. And those colourful discs too.

    Two of my old friends from law school became fibre artists/weavers after retiring from legal practice, pursuing those callings with as much ardor and dedication as they did the law.

    1. Debra:
      I loved Lianes Champagne. So elegant and the colors are sumptuous. I can imagine getting drawn into the activity.

  5. Fascinating work, and all so different. I think “Champagne Lianas” is my favorite. Have I heard of her before? I’m not sure.

    1. Steve:
      Champagne Lianas is one of my two favorites of the day. I don’t know how I hadn’t heard of her before.

  6. Ooo… I would like to see this exhibit! I really enjoyed the textile classes I took in college.

  7. Yes, every tourist area likes inclement weather to keep away the tourists.
    Every April I like seeing the snowbirds fly away if only to have less highway traffic.

    1. Urspo:
      I feel guilty when I wish for rain or dreary weather on Sundays. Selfish of me.

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