Booklyn Artists Alliance

Candace Hicks, Austin, TX

Booklyn is thrilled to represent Candace Hicks's hand sewn books, prints & drawings.

Common Threads (series), 2011

The Impossibility of Doing Nothing (exhibition), 2010

Cloud Watching: A Set of 5 Prints, 2011

Composition Drawings: Black (spread), Green, Blue & Red, 2010


Common Threads, 2010

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Common Threads, a series of hand-embroidered canvas books, copy the form and design of dime store “composition” books.

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The books themselves, self consciously hand made objects, are a record of coincidental occurrences generally gleaned from reading or mundane events.

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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."

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String Theory is a unique book in the Common Threads series, it Hawkinsly goes where no seamstress bookmaker has gone before and currently exists in the collection of the Stanford University Art Library.

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The Impossibility of Doing Nothing, 2010

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Exhibition piece, handsewn, unique, ~ 2.5 x 3.5,’
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Cloud Watching: A Set of 5 Prints, 2011

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13x19", 4 colored serigraph in center of white coated paper

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Composition Drawings: Black (spread), Green, Blue & Red, 2010

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22x30" per panel

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Biography
Formerly a house painter, bounty hunter, and au pair, Candace Hicks has spent most of her life in her home state of Texas (except three years in Paris, France, not Paris, Texas. She has never been to Paris, Texas, but she grew up in a small town named for another cultural seat: Athens, Texas!) She established a non-profit center for the arts in Athens, The Image Warehouse, in 2003. Trained as a print maker, she works primarily with books, but dabbles in video and installation.

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.

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