Sarah Hicks
Pop Garden!
February 22 through April 6, 2013
Opening reception Friday February 22, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Thomas Robertello Gallery is pleased to present Pop Garden!; an exhibition of ceramic sculptures by Chicago-based artist Sarah Hicks. Featuring a variety of surfaces and forms found within organic macro and microscopic structures, Hicks’s fourth solo exhibition is a fantastical vivarium of imagined morphologies displaying the artist’s minimalist pop-surreal sensibilities.

Displayed in a playful taxonomic hierarchy that utilizes traditional and installation based methods, Hicks’s collection of eccentric specimens and indeterminate curios are sculpted from reassembled molds of mass produced and found objects. The sculptures draw from her graphical urge to explore highly stylized and ornamental forms, while simultaneously revealing the obvious and abstract relationships between their origins as chic knick-knacks, toys, and junk shop finds.

In addition to the artist’s methodology of transforming everyday objects, Hicks employs a technique referred to as slip trailing. The method consists of pouring ceramic slip into a plaster slab in which shapes are drawn rather than molded, allowing for the artist to create nearly two-dimensional forms in a fluid and gestural manner. The resulting sculptures from both processes are further articulated by treating the surfaces with an assortment of intense colors, glazing techniques, patterns, and textures. Rife with a sense of zip and whimsy, Hicks’s inquiry into a familiar yet alien macrocosm illustrates her fascination with design and the decorative.


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Sarah Hicks

Pop Garden!
February 22 - April 6, 2013
Opens February 22, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Installation Views



Sarah Hicks, Sky-dots, 2013

Maroon Membrane

Sarah Hicks, Maroon Membrane, 2013

Maroon Membrane

Sarah Hicks, Maroon Membrane, 2013

Waffle Flower

Sarah Hicks, Waffle Flower, 2013

Waffle Flower

Sarah Hicks, Waffle Flower, 2013

Battling Entropy with Pinkeye

Sarah Hicks, Battling Entropy with Pinkeye, 2013

A Fungus Amongus

Sarah Hicks, A Fungus Amongus, 2013

A Fungus Amongus (detail)

Sarah Hicks, A Fungus Amongus (detail), 2013


Sarah Hicks, ZigZag, 2013

It's Primary

Sarah Hicks, It's Primary, 2013

Little Swimmers

Sarah Hicks, Little Swimmers, 2013

Pink Ooze

Sarah Hicks, Pink Ooze, 2013


Sarah Hicks, Cascade, 2013

Yellow Ooze

Sarah Hicks, Yellow Ooze, 2013

Waffle Rings

Sarah Hicks, Waffle Rings, 2013

Candy Land

Sarah Hicks, Candy Land, 2013

Big Rock Candy Mountain

Sarah Hicks, Big Rock Candy Mountain, 2013

Siliceous Ooze

Sarah Hicks, Siliceous Ooze, 2013

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