Nicola Hicks: Wabbling Back To The Fire at Flowers Gallery


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For the past four decades British artist Nicola Hicks's practice has centred around a world of heroic sculptural figures, exploring an anthropomorphic relationship to the animal world through portraits of humanized creatures and beastlike humans. The exhibition Wabbling Back to the Fire brings together sculptures from 1999 to the present day, drawing on themes that express the universal, and often darker aspects of humanity, encompassing grief, love, understanding, war and money. Central to the present exhibition is the new plaster sculpture, Willow Pattern, a near life-size re-imagining of the decorative 18th century blue and white 'Toile de Jouy'. Hicks's brooding version of the original Toile design subverts its bucolic symbolism, balancing wildness with a sense of being contained. Dripping black, the central willow tree is besieged by crows - likely witnesses to the origins of the sinister ripple on the surface of the pond. Also occupying a central position is Circus Horse, which despite its uncanny realism, can be considered a self-portrait, realised through an unselfconscious and imaginative transition to an alternate animal form. The horse, questing forward with its swinging ribcage and outstretched neck, still wears its feathers, remaining visible to the world. The exhibition coincides with a major new monograph published by Elephant in association with Flowers Gallery. Nicola Hicks: Keep Dark (Elephant, £25) brings together around 100 images of Hicks's sculptures and drawings, from 1985 to the present day, with accompanying texts written by the acclaimed authors and leading cultural figures David Mamet, Candia McWilliam, Max Porter, Matilda Pye, Will Self and Patterson Sims.

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Flowers Gallery

Kingsland Road
E2 8DP
0207920 7777

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