Giselle Hicks, ceramist from the West
Within theAmerican West, Giselle Hicks works the ceramics and realize works decorative inspired by the dazzling nature. Enter clay and porcelain, the materials are carved under theartistic eye of the designer.
The works of Giselle Hicks wonderfully reflect the strength of the grandiose landscapes of Colorado, where she settled on a ranch, as close to a nature breathtaking. By giving importance to trades, the designer learns from the practice of artists that she rubs shoulders.
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A solitary artist, sensitive to the great outdoors
Giselle Hicks is not an urban: the difficult six months spent in Philadelphia made him aware of the importance of nature, its phenomena and its variations in its work. The Rocky Mountains in Colorado today, the Mount Helena in Montana previously, have greatly influenced it, and we find in its decorative objects the subtle palette of changing skies, the aerial game of volumes and the beneficial tranquility of this exceptional environment. It's in a old ranch near Aspen, sheltering a historic art center renowned in the United States for her visual arts programming, Giselle works on her own collections and participates in the management of artist residencies which are sheltered there.
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Giselle Hicks in her studio.
Teaching and stimulating exchanges with others artists are a real added value for this loner. If it experiences, in all its diversity, the china work - decorative tiles with delicate patterns, very romantic ornamental flowers -, the young woman is particularly comfortable with the idea of the container, vases and bowls in particular, reassuring and generous. She likes to fashion these objects she appreciates both the humility, the usefulness and thepure aesthetics. As an archaeologist, Giselle studied in great detail the Korean "moon jars" of the 17th and 18th centuries. These precious jars embody, by their fluidity, absolute perfection and are beautiful symbols of domestic lifeshe likes a lot.
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The white vases (2015), manufactured using the technique of columbines which is to roll the clay between the fingers.
Vases pale blue (2014), diameter 33 cm, height between 25-41cm.
Between Lucie Rei and Ruth Duckworth, creative influences
Just as relevant to her is thework of the austrian-british modernist ceramist Lucie Rei (1902-1995), who also worked passionately on containers. We find in both ceramists the same texture search, work on the material who personalizes the object and gives it a singular strength. The American claims a artistic proximity equally strong with sculptor Ruth Duckworth, disappeared almost ten years ago Chicago, who has as she communicated with "her" environment - Lake Michigan - and left to posterity a sensitive work mixing elements abstract and figurative. Or how to fit into the beautiful tradition of artists who know how to contemplate nature.
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Detail of the work Motifs de langage (2010), porcelain poured slip, earth sigillate, encrusted slip, 86 x 61 x 290 cm.
GISELLE HICKS - The ceramist's works are distributed in designer boutiques. Giselle Hicks' ceramics can be ordered from the artist, [email protected] They are sold in New York by Primary Essentials, theprimaryessentials.com.