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Maker(s):Hicks, Sheila
Culture:American, active in France (1934- )
Title:Mystery Object
Date Made:n.d.
Type:Sculpture
Materials:cotton cloth and silk thread
Measurements:Overall: 3 in x 7 in; 7.6 cm x 17.8 cm
Accession Number:  AC 2016.39
Credit Line:Gift of Evan Maurer (Class of 1966), donated in honor of Sheryl M. Larner
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College
A small parcel covered in taupe cloth and wrapped in criss-crossing bright pink synthetic thread. The parcel is photographed against a grayish-white background and casts a shadow.

Label Text:
Hicks is a contemporary artist who crosses the boundaries of art, design, crafts, and architecture. In fact, she even worked with textile industries to create new materials. Her art is often textile-based and draws upon the significance of textiles in women’s history. In a 2004 interview, Hicks explained: “I have always made yarn-based things. I learned, from my grandmothers and from my mother, to sew, to embroider, to knit, to crochet, to cut patterns, to drape. These were normal pastimes.” For this work the artist wrapped an object that Evan Maurer, Class of 1966, gave her, so that only the two of them know what is concealed beneath the fabric.

Tags:
conceptual art; feminism; memory

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