Sheila Hicks, Music To My Eyes

Alison Jacques presents ‘Music to My Eyes’, an exhibition of new work by Sheila Hicks and the artist’s third solo show at the gallery. The exhibition anticipates a major solo show at The Hepworth Wakefield (April 2022), curated by Andrew Bonacina, the artist’s first survey in a UK museum.

‘Music to My Eyes’ responds to Hicks’s lifelong relationship with colour and thread. Throughout her 70-year career, which continues to flourish, the Nebraska-born, Paris-based artist has endeavoured to bestow upon fibre an independent voice, allowing form, colour and texture to dictate its own progression through space. As Hicks notes: ‘Thread is the universal language. It could become a hammock, or a fishing net, or a hat, or a home… It’s the first thing you feel in the morning when you wake up in your bed sheets, then you step on a rug, you pick up a towel…’

Hicks’s third solo exhibition at Alison Jacques centres around bas-relief sculptures in various natural fibres – linen, cotton, silk – that encourage a certain manner of visual listening. ‘Usually, sound enters through your ears,’ Hicks says of these newly produced works, ‘but I invite participation and perception through your eyes. One can detect subtle harmonies, discover intricate structures, complex sequences, and enjoy an infinite range of colours, as when you listen to music.’

Duration 04 June 2021 - 31 July 2021
Times Tuesday to Saturday, from 11am-6pm
Cost Free
Venue Alison Jacques Gallery
Address 16 - 18 Berners Street, London, W1T 3LN
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