Flowers Gallery, Cork Street, is pleased to present
an exhibition of new works by Nicola Hicks. Hicks studies the
nature of character, exposing the real traits of her creations.
There is a quiet expressivity to the artist's creatures that
resonates beyond their situations, suggesting that the animal acts
partly as a proxy for human emotions.
In Hicks' three-part sculpture Dressed for the
Woods II, 2013, a bear sits at the feet of two figures
seemingly draped or clothed in furs. The dynamics between the
characters is essential to the impact of the piece. In this
sculpture, Hicks aims to conjure the equally forceful, savage
nature of love, the many guises that it takes and the innate urge
to protect that accompanies it. Hicks' sculptures are complex
compositions, painstakingly detailed, yet rich in spontaneity. Her
rigorous study of anatomy and the intricate rendering of fur are
affirmed by the precision of her forms, while the scale of her
works contributes to the colossal psychic presence of her sculptures.
Hicks has always seen her drawing as a process that runs
parallel with her sculpture; the two are inseparable, one feeds and
inspires the other. This selection of drawings depicts a menagerie
of beasts. For Hicks, the spontaneity with which the line is
released onto the page reveals unique responses. The drawings have
a vigour and immediacy through which she expresses her own personal
visual language and social critique. Hicks has also created a new
series of monoprints to be exhibited in the downstairs gallery.
here to view the Nicola Hicks prints archive