NACOGDOCHES, Texas – A solo exhibition of works by Candace Hicks, associate professor of art in the School of Art at Stephen F. Austin State University, will open in mid-February in the The Artspace Gallery, North Las Vegas campus of the College of Southern Nevada.
Hicks’ exhibition features work from her series “Notes for String Theory.” The show runs Feb. 16 through April 20. An artist talk and reception is planned for 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26.
Hick explains that her work centers on “being a reader of fiction.”
“Literature informs every project,” she writes. “Artist’s books and writing complement imagery and objects. Text allows me to explore in depth the ways we construct meaning from mundane coincidences.”
Inspired by genre fiction, Hicks said she critically assesses the morality of one’s obsession with murder mysteries and investigates the ways that science fiction “has a hold on collective imagination to a greater extent than fact.”
“To complicate the reader/viewer experience, I encode text within interactive exhibits, populate dioramas with invisible ink clues, and create baffling optical illusions,” she said. “Privileging craft traditions, I employ embroidery, quilling and paper constructions to illustrate interconnected stories. Regardless of medium, I am forever exploring our complex relationship with storytelling.”