Candace Hicks

Common Threads V. 131

Candace Hicks

Common Threads V. 131




Artist Book


9 × 7 × 1 in


Nacogdoches, TX



$ 2,200.00


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Scripps College, Denison Library

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.

131, 2020: Covid-19, coughing, and toilet paper is mentioned in the novel Weather. Also mentioned are Rebecca Solnit by Chelsea Handler and the book Ant Kind. Criminal the podcast The World that We Knew mention human hair made into bird nests. Morbid the podcast and Ant Kind talk about the Kentucky Meat Shower of 1876. Also mentioned is firenados, cookies created in different places.

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.