‘Let Loose’ by Sheila Hicks, Demisch Danant
Throughout her long and illustrious career, American master Sheila Hicks has continuously tested the limits of conventional weaving and textile arts. She experiments with the combination of disparate materials in various three and two-dimensional painterly compositions. Created using a slew of linen, cotton and synthetic fibre components, the constellation-esque ‘Let Loose’ wall hanging series blends unexpected colour pairings in ostensibly porous wrappings. As suggested in the title of the collection, the complex detail of each strand is left bare. These layered loop mounds reveal Hicks undeterred experimental nature, self-expression and unique comprehension of material, one she has fostered for close to 80 years.