Candace Hicks

Common Threads V. 133

Candace Hicks

Common Threads V. 133




Artist Book


9 × 7 × 1 in


Nacogdoches, TX



$ 2,200.00


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Middlebury College

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.

V.133, 2020. This volume mentions food! Food discussed includes Lean Cuisine, Oreos, Pop Tarts, LaCroix (also included is a beautiful page of a LaCroix) Hot Pockets, and lentils in the books Nothing to See Here, We Are Never Meeting in Person and Luster. Also discussed is smoke detectors, putting out fire. This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrants Manifesto and These Ghosts mention remittances and braiding hair.

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.