MEMBERS’ VITRINE GALLERY
8 October - 9 November 2019
Small Gatherings is a continuation of work that originated during my residency at Craft in August last year. Over several weeks, I collected, cut out and rearranged photographs sourced from the library at Craft to develop a series of works on paper: collage ‘samplers’ created with the specific intention of application to fabric.
The initial phase of this project was guided in part by my aim to extend my creative practice into textile design. It also allowed me to explore an ongoing interest in materiality and assemblage.
Whilst repetitive processes are often central to my thinking, I’m intrigued by the distinction that Zoe Leonard makes between repetition and seriality:
"Repetition is doing or making exactly the same thing, over and over again. I think of seriality as making or doing something from the same starting point, but each time allowing for a slightly different result."
With this in mind I undertook a series of open-ended investigations, utilizing a variety of materials and objects, both found and handmade, and taking into consideration a range of formal concerns, but always referring back to the collage samplers as a starting point.
Stephanie Hicks is a visual artist working across collage, drawing, artists’ books and installation. Her practice is informed by traditions of printmaking, craft and decorative arts, and a love of picture books and storytelling. The collection and arrangement of photographic images is central to Stephanie’s creative practice. Images from vintage books and journals, found photographs and stickers are incorporated into a personal archive in which meaning is articulated though the use of formal qualities such as patterning, repetition and symmetry.