Composed of hundreds of bound and stacked "ponytail" units, this work assumes a different form each time it is exhibited. The repetitive, tactile process by which it has been constructed and installed reflects Hicks’s preoccupation with gesture in textile fabrication. When intermeshed, individual threads form a textile, but here they are massed, emphasizing their collective volume. The heaped linen threads invite the viewer to reconceive the structural potential of the soft material.
Gallery label from Brute Material: Fiber into Form, April 5, 2013–September 8, 2013.