Fusion: Solo Exhibition
District Clay Gallery, Washington DC, 2019
Fusion emphasizes the melding of layers between clay, slip, and glaze, creating a multitude of color and textural responses on the surfaces of Hicks’ recent shino vessels. The complexity of these shino surfaces, and the importance of their fusion into one entity, may be comparable to issues related to contemporary American society. Because Americanism is built on the foundation of democracy, allowing for the coalescence of different ideas, its health depends on its ability to fuse the complex layers of different cultures and ideas together. This exhibition examines how the concept of fusion corresponds to contemporary American society, and how these observations are integrated into the creation of his shino vessels.