Sheila Hicks is an American fiber artist who presents textile art as an experience situated between sculpture and performance. Sheila Hicks’ sculptures, drawings and woven works are coveted for their dramatic intricacy and masterful use of color.
The bold patterns created in collaboration with Momentum Textiles are drawn directly from artworks in a series of Hick’s drawings called Couleurs Croisées. Angled lines form engrossing interstices of negative space; colors meet and react in surprising combinations. Great care was taken to preserve the exquisite nuances of the artwork and capture the expressive variation of ink and chalk on paper and translate it into woven form.
To execute the vision of the artist, it became necessary to expand the boundaries of jacquard weaving. Hicks wanted the designs to extend from one edge of the fabric to the other in unbroken strokes emancipated from the constraints of looms that usually require a horizontal repeat.
“Sheila Hicks’ perspective on the relationship between textiles and architecture is inspiring. Our collaborative exploration of these two worlds and the points at which they cross has produced a beautiful collection of woven art.” said Roger Arciniega, Momentum Group CEO.
Momentum is pleased to announce an ongoing commitment to American art and design with a promised gift ofPrayer Wall by renowned artist, Sheila Hicks, to Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. This gift significantly augments the Museum’s outstanding holdings of Hicks’s work while representing for the first time in its collection, Hicks’s longstanding interest in the relationship between textiles and architecture. In Prayer Walland in Crossing Colors, her first line for Momentum, Hicks achieves absolute fluency in both the art and design worlds by applying her personal expressions of color, line, texture, and light.
Sheila Hicks was born in Hastings, Nebraska and received her BFA and MFA degrees from Yale University. Upon completing her studies at Yale Hicks received a Fulbright scholarship in 1957 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.
Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, located in New York City, is the only museum in the nation devoted exclusively to historic and contemporary design. The Museum presents compelling perspectives on the impact of design on daily life through active educational and curatorial programming. It is one of nineteen museums that falls under the wing of the Smithsonian Institution. www.cooperhewitt.org