This autumn, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen will be presenting an installation of a hundred textile works by the artist Sheila Hicks. The installation can be seen until 3 March.
The ‘minimes’ are small tapestries that Sheila Hicks (1934, Hastings, Nebraska) has been making since 1957. Using a loom she built herself, she gives colour and shape to her thoughts. Although the size is small, the themes she treats are highly diverse: from personal events, amazement at the world around her to structural research into historic weaving patterns or the classical weaving craft. Hicks formulates what she see in colour.
Hicks chooses to work with thread. In weaving, she brings together art, craft and everyday life. She does this in different sizes. She has made large spatial textile installations in which she worked together with the architect and the architecture of a building. But she has also developed th series ‘minimies’.
For the intervention ‘Cent Minimes’, Hicks chose the space at the top of the museum’s stairway. The rhythm of this architecture resounds like an echo in the structure of her tapestries. Just as an architect builds a wall with bricks, so Hicks weaves the flexible warp through the weft on the loom to a compact structure. The hundred Minimes zip like the stairway through the space.
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