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GISELLE HICKS


We continue our series of news and stories about the twelve women artists in NATURE/NURTURE
focusing our tenth in the edition on Giselle Hicks.
 

Due to the extended run of Nature/Nurture, we have had the opportunity to reflect on paths taken, connections made and shared experiences in our weekly series of FC News & Stories with each issue focusing on an individual artist in the exhibition. The ON NURTURE statements written by each artist acknowledges family, artist mentors, education and for Giselle Hicks, the importance of the residency system and the network it has built for her at mid-career.
Giselle and Leslie Ferrin met in the late summer of 2005 at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center where she was a resident in the Arts/Industry Program, working in the factory for the first time. We both recall the casual meeting that led to her move to Western Massachusetts, working for the gallery and start her independent studio practice as one of the first resident artists at ProjectArt. Hicks is one of the artists included in this exhibition for whom the role the gallery plays in nurturing careers, is really one of co-nurturing. These long relationships grow and form strong personal friendships that motivate us both to strive for mutually beneficial professional goals.
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ON NURTURE: Giselle Hicks

"My creative interests and curiosities were nurtured early on by my parents and teachers. I was exposed to a variety of visual and performing arts growing up with my mom who enjoyed learning about and collecting art, while my dad was a big proponent of Joseph Campbell’s ‘follow your bliss’ mantra. He thought, if you do something you love, doors will open. What a gift to offer your child. My announcement that I wanted to study art, particularly ceramics, was met with encouragement. I came out of the womb driven to achieve, so my parents must have trusted that I would figure out a way through a career in the arts. 

Fortunately, the path had been paved by some incredible makers that continue to serve as inspiring models  - Ruth Duckworth, Lucie Rie, Marguerite Wildenhain, Louise Bourgeois, Eva Hess, Viola Frey, Agnes Martin. I’ve been fortunate to have as many wonderful male mentors and teachers - David McDonald, Errol Willett, and Doug Casebeer to name a few. However, it is the female mentors - Beth Lipman, Leslie Ferrin, Linda Sikora, Ann Currier and Andrea Gill - that gave me space, support and permission to develop my voice as a woman, teacher, and full-time studio artist." - Giselle Hicks, 2020.

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Giselle Hicks at The Porches Inn


ON VIEW SUMMER - FALL 2020

Giselle Hicks' series of tile wall paintings will be on view at
The Porches Inn, North Adams, MA

Open to the public starting July 31, 2020, select tile pieces will be on view at The Porches Inn.

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IN THE NEWS

Giselle Hicks Featured in LVBX Magazine


Giselle was recently featured in the LVBX Article Meet Artist Giselle Hicks

 
"Meet ceramics artist, Giselle Hicks. Her works are subtle and yet strongly moving in their simplicity and depth of beauty. Giselle shares with us why she chose ceramics as a medium, and from where she draws her artistic influence and inspiration…



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Giselle Hicks Instagram takeover: NATURE/NURTURE in Quarantine

"This series of coiled-and-pinched vessels came from a self-imposed assignment to make something using only a few tools. My hope is that the finished piece reflects my skill and control of the material while acknowledging the limitations and idiosyncrasies of my hands and body."
 
Hicks shares her forms and construction in Online Workshops & Time-lapse Videos.

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ABOUT GISELLE HICKS

(b. 1979, Boston, MA, lives and works in Helena, MT)

Giselle Hicks is known for her hand-pinched ceramic vessels and slip-cast porcelain tiles that consider volume, repetition, and pattern. Referencing totemic ceramic forms and decorative textiles, her work examines the role of material culture in everyday life—historically and today. Hicks has participated in various artist-in-residence programs including the Anderson Ranch Arts Center, the Arts/Industry Program at the Kohler Company, The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, Greenwich House Pottery, and The Archie Bray Foundation.

Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, (Boston, MA), Belger Arts Center, (Kansas City, MO), the John Michael Kohler Arts Center, (Sheboygan, WI), and Bellevue Art Museum, (Bellevue, WA). In 2001, Hicks completed her BFA at Syracuse University, and she received her MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2010.

MORE ON NATURE/NURTURE


NATURE/NURTURE

 

Nature/Nurture is a group exhibition of twelve contemporary female artists invited to explore the influence of gender and its impact on their practice. The exhibition explores these ideas that range from direct interpretations of the natural world to more abstract notions, such as the construction of gender and the endowed role of women within their personal and professional careers. Works in clay range in form from individual vessels to composed still lifes and figural and abstract sculpture. This exhibition was extended due to COVID 19 which allowed the gallery and artists to engage in a dialog exploring the original issues surrounding gender but now through the lens of lives in #thetimeofcovid.


The NATURE/NURTURE series

NATURE/NURTURE | Group Show of 12 Women Artists
LESLIE FERRIN | Director Notes | Nature of Nurturing
CRISTINA CORDOVA | Nature/Nurture | PBS Craft in America – Identity
LAUREN MABRY | Nature/Nurture | Cylinders & Flow Blocks
ANINA MAJOR | Nature/Nurture | No Vacancy in Paradise
CRYSTAL MOREY | Nature/Nurture | Museum Acquisitions
KADRI PÄRNAMETS | Nature/Nurture | Small Matters and Roots & Pollinators

LINDA SIKORA | Nature/Nurture | On Nurture: Our Social and Political Spaces
MARA SUPERIOR | Nature/Nurture | Museum Acquisitions
RAE STERN | Nature/Nurture | In Fugue
TRICIA ZIMIC | Nature/Nurture | Sins & Virtues

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