SHEILA HICKS BIOGRAPHY
Sheila Hicks had a migratory upbringing, as her father hunted for work across the Midwest in depression-era America – and her mother’s thing, she says, ‘was remnants’. She herself has proved a restless re-user of materials, now based in Paris but inspired by worldwide travel to engage with different design and manufacturing contexts. For over seven decades, Hicks has pioneered the employment of fibre to make a teeming diversity of abstract sculptural and painterly forms. They range from the intimate scale shown here to architectural commissions and monumental installations in which hanging skeins of wool form dense material environments.