Inspired by the histories of structures she has encountered during her travels throughout the world, Hicks has long pursued the subtleties of pairing the design of fiber objects with the environments that contain them—in this case, the museum building. For the artist, fabric is a universal language: she has said, “In all of the cultures of the world, textile is a crucial and essential component. . . . There’s a level of familiarity that immediately breaks down any prejudice.” Designed to span from floor to ceiling of any space in which it is installed, Pillar of Inquiry/Supple Column redefines—if only temporarily—the surrounding architecture.
Gallery label from 2019