OBJECTS

Standing in the shower trying to wash the 100-degree film of North Texas heat off my body a reoccurring thought took some form. Image is shaped by the illusion of layering like clothing on a body, while object has the often-uncomfortable directness of presence. Both "image and object" like "clothed and naked" only allude to the accumulated experience. The depth takes place beneath the surface in realms we will never fully comprehend.

Tracy Hicks




American Gothic
1991




This object related body of work drives my work.




Heart Felt
1986



During the mid-eighties I began an investigation of the correlation and
juxtaposition between objects worn by use.




Trojan Decoy
1989



Bait Jar
1986



Bait Jar
1986
opposite side



Lace Drawers
1987



Clear Cut
1985
DMA collection



Clear Cut
detail



Clear Cut
detail



Obscure Cure
1987



Obscure Cure
1987



Anyone Time
1988



I still enjoy this work, both in revisiting the old work and in making new "found art".
For instance the following "Library" is literally the library in one end of my studio where
objects accumulate like books in a personal library.




LIBRARY
1998



LIBRARY
detail



AT ODDS
Entwined



Why I've chosen old worn objects
rather than new or salvaged forms of the electronic information age often perplexes me.




THELMA'S SWORD



Yet my interest is innately drawn to the human wear shown in the found objects.




BLUE BALL EXERCISE



BLUE BALL EXERCISE
detail



Objects are inherently symbols of their utility and history.
For instance a three prong Louisiana frog gig is also Neptune's trident. Objects evolve into
symbols through a process of forming mental images. A hoe is a hoe, but even the alliteration
of that phrase creates a mental image of ill repute.




LITTLE TIME



Some remnant of life is held in the worn object.




LITTLE TIME
detail



SPIRIT AND SUBSTANCE

on the left..... cast bronze pressed flowers
on the right.... a loaf of bread being eaten by weevils




BY FEEL

Beneath the shell embedded in plaster is a Braille alphabet behind glass.




SOWER



TITS



Prey/Predator/Prey
1992



HOURGLASS
1992



Influence
1992



The combination of used objects each loaded with personal symbols and interpretations
into a single piece of art reflects a life paralleled in the wear of the individual objects.




Wait Bait Boat
2000



Wait Bait Boat
2000



JUNGLE BOOK



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Tracy Hicks
223 North Shore
Dallas, TX 75216
214 948 0609