Sheila Hicks

Sheila Hicks

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For more than 50 years, the American artist Sheila Hicks has defined the boundaries of fibre as a medium with an oeuvre that covers the fields of fine art, craft, design and architecture. She is as much a sculptor of colour as much as of texture. Her works range in scale from tiny textile works to immersive architectural environments and installations.

For her contribution to the exhibition, Sheila starts from the project Hop, Skip, Jump, and Fly: Escape From Gravity (a temporary artwork developed for High Line New York in 2017), a vibrant installation of winding tubes of different types of coloured fibres that crawl along the rails of the Western Rail Yards and surprise passers-by. In Asiat Park, Sheila Hicks is also inspired by the many elements that seem to dance between infrastructure and nature on the site, an artwork that, in the same vein, depicts the new development of an industrial site.

She takes inspiration from recent installations like "Situation École Alsacienne" in 2019 in Paris and "Woven Wonders" a vibrant site-specific installation in 2022 near King’s Cross in London.

Sheila Hicks: Situation at the École Alsacienne, Paris, France, 2019 (Courtesy the artist and © 2019 PdP / Mudita)

Sheila Hicks (b. 1934, Hastings, USA) was born in Hastings, Nebraska and received her BFA and MFA degrees from Yale University. She received a Fulbright scholarship in 1957-58 to paint in Chile. While in South America she developed her interest in working with fibers. After founding workshops in Mexico, Chile, and South Africa, and working in Morocco and India, she now divides her time between her Paris studio and New York.

Sheila Hicks, "The Questioning Column", HORST Festival, 2014-2019. Photographer: Jeroen Verrecht


Sheila Hicks is best known for her use of textiles, exploring different "languages of thread" through weaving, sewing and braiding, inspired by her world travels and studies of indigenous techniques. She collaborated with Horst for the first time in 2018 with her monumental work “The Questioning Column” which was presented on the pond at Horst Castle where the festival originated and had its first 5 editions. During those years (2014-2019) the artistic programme was curated by Gijs van Vaerenbergh.

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Sheila Hicks: "Woven Wonders at Coal Drops Yard", King's Cross, London, United Kingdom, 2022. 1. Courtesy the artist and Cara McCarty. 2-3. Courtesy the artist and Sikkema Jenkins & Co.
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