Candace Hicks

Common Threads V. 109

Candace Hicks

Common Threads V. 109




Artist Book


9 × 7 × 1 in


Nacogdoches, TX



$ 2,200.00


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University of Michigan, Special Collections

Common Threads is a series of hand-embroidered unique canvas books which copy the form and design of dime-store “composition” books.  The books themselves, self-consciously hand-made objects, are a record of coincidental occurrences generally gleaned from reading or mundane events.  The use of embroidery thread allows for the production of the text and image with the same mark and material, to make the text, image, and substance of the book inseparable.

109, 2019: This volume talks about labor in terms of jobs that require a shower at the end of the day, as mentioned on CNN, Chuck Klosterman. Also discussed is the Turk in Raised in Captivity (and the last two books from V. 108 that also mention it). Also mentioned are vampires in Octavia Butler’s The Fledgling and A Horse Walks Into a Bar.

ARTIST’S STATEMENT—Storytelling is key to Candace Hicks’ artistic practice. There is an implied narrative in everything, even, as Hicks addresses with her work, in the seemingly pointless mental wheel-spinning that is a part of daily life.  Her work acknowledges the unavoidability of simulation and the impossibility of originality.  Her choice of the book as a principle medium is due to the phenomenon of the book as authoritative.  Books provide an arena in which fiction can be accepted as fact and observations can take on a mythic narrative quality.  Her interest in books also stems from their inherent unity of text and image, which lends books continued relevance as a transmedia hybrid.