I think we share the love of Sheila Hicks’s weaving and other textile art. A few weeks ago niece Maggie texted me a photo of a piece at the Museum of Modern Art, not knowing the name of the artist but simply because it was, well, a ton of yarn, and therefore relevant to my interests. I texted back, asking her to snap a picture of the card on the wall—a classic Aunt Kay move by the way. You give a mouse a cookie, or Aunt Kay a picture of a beanstalk of fiber, and she is going to have some followups. It wasn’t a surprise to learn that this monumental installation—Pillar of Inquiry/Supple Column (2013/2014)—was by Hicks.
Maggie’s text led me to MoMA’s website where I found the gem linked above: a recent video of Hicks talking about this piece, and her work more generally, including the lasting impressions of her early childhood playing in Nebraska cornfields.
Excellent quotes abound. I particularly liked: “I have no prejudices about materials,” and Hicks’s description of herself as “almost like a ragpicker.” Can we relate? Also, regarding weaving, but applicable to sewing and knitting: “It’s the needle and the thread and your thoughts travel . . .” They certainly do.
I can’t stop looking at her dress, which doesn’t have seams down the sides or under the sleeves. It just sort of floats over her other clothes, like a liberated tabard.