Sheila Hicks, Hop, Skip, Jump, and Fly: Escape From Gravity, 2017. Fabric and mixed media.

Sheila Hicks

New York

High Line

In the mid-1970s, Sheila Hicks was considered a heroine of the “new tapestry” movement. For over 50 years, she has stretched the boundaries of fiber as a medium, creating a distinctive body of work that weaves together sculpture, craft, design, and architecture; now at 84, she continues to create innovative, energetic objects and installations that transcend genres and materials while uniting color and structure. Among Hicks’s numerous exhibitions and projects over the last year, Hop, Skip, Jump, and Fly: Escape From Gravity, her recent High Line commission, stood out for its powerful understanding of color and space. A massive, multi-part work in myriad colors, the composition followed an almost continuous line for thousands of feet along the High Line path. Hicks began near the 30th Street entrance with a grass-green color that shifted to orange, red, yellow, pink, blue, and many blends in between as it meandered up fences, over rocks, and along sidewalks, interlacing and looping seemingly for miles….see the entire review in the print version of July/August’s Sculpture magazine. 

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