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Giselle Hicks

Biography to Display: 

1979 Born, Boston, Massachusetts

EDUCATION

2001 BFA Ceramics, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York

2010 MFA Ceramics, New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University, Alfred, New York

RESIDENCIES

2002-2005 Artist in Residence, Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass Village, Colorado

2005 ARTS/Industry Residency, John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan and Kohler, Wisconsin

2010 Artist in Residence, LH Project, Joseph, Oregon

2011Summer Resident, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana

2011-2012 Artist in Residence, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

2012 ARTS/Industry Residency, John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan and Kohler, Wisconsin

2012Director Invites Residency, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, Montana

2013-2014 Artist in Residence, Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana

2014 Artist Invites Artists Residency, Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, Montana

2016 Artist in Residence, Greenwich House Pottery, New York, New York

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

2005-2007 Gallery Manager, Ferrin Gallery, Lenox, Massachusetts

2015-2016 Adjunct Instructor Ceramics, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana

2016— Studio Coordinator of Ceramics, Anderson Ranch Art Center, Snowmass Village, Colorado

 

 

Giselle Hicks is known for dimensional tile works, sculptural installations and hand built vessels. Her making preferences range from slip cast, pinched and coiled, and includes mixed media where appropriate. Color palettes are often muted. 

Her studio output is motivated by a variety of sources. Hand built vessels are formal studies in shape, volume color and composition. Tile works echo the winter landscape and are inspired by textiles that are used on an intimate level in daily life such as pillows, quilts, and tablecloths. Through her tile works, Hicks’ ultimate concern is conveying a sense of faded memory through the passage of time.

Installations investigate domestic spaces that focus on ritual and routine, especially the bedroom and dining room. Through these habitable spaces, Hicks examines a variety of themes revolving around human relationships. How are these rooms designed?  How do these rooms determine the proximity of humans? How do these spaces affect our actions and interactions? These are all questions that the works ask respectively. Hicks’ overall approach to installation deals with the story of use: in her words – an abstraction of the expansive and complex life experiences that take place across surfaces of these sights within the home. 

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts, Helena, Montana

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York

John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin

Kohler Company, Kohler, Wisconsin

Alfred Ceramic Art Museum at Alfred University, Alfred, New York

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Gunter, Veronika Alice . 500 Figures in Clay: Ceramic Artists Celebrate the Human Form. New York, NY:Lark Books, 2004.

“Impossible Possibilities: Mary Cloonan & Giselle Hicks.” Keramieki Techni issue 41 (2002).

McQuaid, Cate. “Modern Riffs on New Ideas.” The Boston Globe, May 30, 2012.

Osburn, Deborah. Tile Envy. London, England: Cicada Books, 2015.

Quillen, Ryland, “The View from Here: Giselle Hicks in Helena, MT,” SightUnseen, May 27, 2015, http://www.sightunseen.com/2015/05/giselle-hicks-in-helena-montana/.

Taylor, Brian, and Kate Doody. GLAZE: The Ultimate Ceramic Artist's Guide to Glaze and Color. Hauppauge, NY: Barron’s Educational Series, 2014.

Umberger, Leslie and Amy Chaloupka. Hiding Places: Memory in the Arts. Sheboygan, WI: John Michael Kohler Art Center Publishers, 2011.

 

 

 

Typical Marks
White Vase
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Courtesy Red Lodge Clay Center
Photo: TMP
Courtesy Red Lodge Clay Center
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Zig Zag Vase
Materials: Earthenware
Method: Hand Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Courtesy Red Lodge Clay Center
Photo: TMP
Courtesy Red Lodge Clay Center
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: Jeff Kuratnick. "The Marks Project." Last modified September 30, 2019. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/hicks