Plaza Blanca

synthetic materials: painted, fused, and stitched

29′ x 47′

Landscape and Memory

wire, gut (hog casings), rust

32′ x 42′ x 3′

   From the mist-shrouded swells of the Pacific Northwest to the sun-warmed riverbanks of the Carolinas, Barbara Lee Smith has always lived in close contact with the land and sea that inspire her practice. Smith creates her iconic mixed-media work using only a single textile material—a lightweight industrial-grade polyester—which she wholly transforms through an unconventional three-stage process of painting, collaging, and drawing. Smith’s dynamic, variegated evocations of nature do not just invoke the gentle seduction or compelling sublime of the landscape, her work beckons to memory: of personal account, of shared humanity, of the primordial earth and its precarious contemporary.

Smith’s work is in the collections of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian, the Racine Art Museum, the Indianapolis Art Museum, and various collections across North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America. She has exhibited in the United States, Japan, Canada, Great Britain, France, and New Zealand. She has taught and lectured internationally, including having been a Visiting Professor at Joshibi College of Art and Design in Tokyo for five years.

   Memory and moment, deterioration and possibility, material and metaphor; Pat Hickman’s renowned work lives in the in-between. Hickman is a practitioner of unconventional materials and a disciple of classical textile traditions. Through her time-intensive and at times obsessive art practice, Hickman fabricates intricate, captivating objects of beauty. However, her work extends far past physicality and technical prowess. Hickman creates visual metaphors holding shape of what was lost but not forgotten, vessels of meaning elongating the ephemeral.

Hickman twice received NEA Individual Artist’s Grants, is a Professor Emeritus of the Art Department at the University of Hawaii, and served as president of the Textile Society of America. Hickman’s work is in a number of major collections, including the Oakland Museum, the Honolulu Academy of Arts, the Hawaii State Art Museum, and the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian.

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