Artist Highlight: Candice Hicks

Good morning! Feeling bookish or inspired to do some embroidery today? Check out the amazing works in Candice Hicks’ Common Threads (2010) series…

I love love love her pieces. I really do adore any artist who can tie in textiles and literature…and Candice does a suburb job.

Common Threads, a series of hand-embroidered canvas books, copy the form and design of dime store “composition” books. The books themselves, self consciously hand made objects, are a record of coincidental occurrences generally gleaned from reading or mundane events. The use of embroidery thread allows for the production of the text and image with the same mark and material, to make the text, image and substance of the book inseparable. Each book measures 7x9x1.”" (source)

Artist’s Statement
Storytelling is key to Candace Hicks’ artistic practice. There is an implied narrative in everything, even, as Hicks addresses with her work, in the seemingly pointless mental wheel spinning that is a part of daily life. Her work acknowledges the unavoidable of simulation and the impossibility of originality. Her choice of the book as a principle medium is due to the phenomenon of the book as authoritative. Books provide an arena in which fiction can be accepted as fact and observations can take on a mythic narrative quality. Her interest in books also stems from their inherent unity of text and image, which lends books continued relevance as a trans-media hybrid.


(statement and images courtesy of Brooklyn Artists Alliance)

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