Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Hicks & Wilde

 I stopped by the Mint Museum Uptown the other day and took in the Sheila Hicks: 50 Years exhibit.  I thought it was very interesting, and whilst reading her method of building forms from lines of colour, I found her selection process to be relevant and applicable not only in artistic terms, but also for life in general.
This is what she says:
"Usually to know yourself you have to go against yourself.  Lay down a colour notion, and then choose another.  Then stop and reconsider.  Then choose something furthest away from what you just chose.  This sounds kind of indirect, but it is the most direct path I know to not fall into repetitive patterns."
Oscar Wilde once said, "Life imitates art far more than art imitates life."  I believe this is a true reflection of this theory.
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Wrapped and Coiled Traveler

Artist: Sheila Hicks
Date Created: 2009
Materials: bamboo, cotton, wool, silk
Credit Line: Private collection. Courtesy of Cristina Grajales Gallery
Dimensions: 8 7/8 x 5 1/4 inches
Photo Credit: Photograph by: © Bastiaan van den Berg
The exhibit is open until January 29, 2012.  You can find more information about it here.

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