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David Hicks, Emerging Artist 2010

Posted By Ceramics Monthly On April 19, 2010 @ 10:11 am In Ceramic Artists,Ceramics Monthly,Daily | 1 Comment

Still Life (metallic splash), 10 ft. 8 in. (3.25 m) in length, handbuilt and extruded  terra cotta with glaze, fired to cone 04 in oxidation, with steel cable, steel, 2009.

Still Life (metallic splash), 10 ft. 8 in. (3.25 m) in length, handbuilt and extruded terra cotta with glaze, fired to cone 04 in oxidation, with steel cable, steel, 2009.

David Hicks  Visalia, California

I am still digging in the dirt to understand my attraction to the agricultural. Shapes and themes I reference can be found in the fields surrounding my home. Forms that could be found suspended in trees, buried in the soil, or rusting in the shed find their way into my work. I have an unspoken, yet fundamental, understanding of these organic and sometimes mechanical forms. They speak to me about myself and they explain the natural processes of the agricultural cycle and its organic wonderment. Agriculture tells me of my own human experience. In the agricultural world there are cycles that feel like allegorical references to human struggle, a struggle that starts with fertilization, moves through growth and finally ends in decay. This process is raw and honest. 

 

Raw Terra Cotta Still Life (flora and filter), 5 ft. 11 in. (1.8 m) in height, handbuilt  terra cotta, fired to cone 04 in oxidation, with steel cable, steel, and enamel, 2009.

Raw Terra Cotta Still Life (flora and filter), 5 ft. 11 in. (1.8 m) in height, handbuilt terra cotta, fired to cone 04 in oxidation, with steel cable, steel, and enamel, 2009.

Allegory aside, there is the rawness in the formal nature of the organic. Formal elements have the ability to speak in a universal language. This is a language I engage in my sculpture, a language of origins, form and beauty. These basic elements are rooted in my sculptural processes. They are the fundamentals that continue to present themselves in my studio, providing a physical residue of my thought.

 


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