Candace Hicks

Common Threads V. 121

Candace Hicks

Common Threads V. 121




Artist Book


9 × 7 × 1 in


Nacogdoches, TX



$ 2,200.00


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.

121, 2020: This volume discusses smiles and when the eyes don’t smile with the rest of the face. This is mentioned in I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, a clickbait article, Fleshman is in Trouble, Gossip Girl, Katie Gilmore’s video in The Reckoning. Also discussed is the throwing of rotten fruit and vegetables in Fleshman is in Trouble, Open Arms, Nancy Pelosi and Trump discussed on the Daily Show. Also mentioned is mummies being ground up for pigment in The Golden Thread and Mobituaries.

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.