Friday, 19 June 2015

Art Unlimited 2015 | Sheila Hicks – The Treaty of Chromatic Zones

The Treaty of Chromatic Zones (2015) by Sheila Hicks is a wall installation made from various materials.
The multi-coloured batons de pigments (as the artist calls them) are made from natural bamboo dressed and enveloped with masses of pigmented acrylic floss, linen, cotton, silk, alpaca yarms and stones and coins embedded within, each of them handmade in the artists studio in paris.
Everyone who metaphorically holds one of these batons in his hands has power, and has the right to speak up. All the batons arranged one over the other in an amazing mix of colours represents a discussion, with many different participants.
Then there comes the white square, which represents the white table.
After a discussion, after a process, there has to be a moment where you clear the table –therefore your mind– and let all the thoughts and arguments settle, to afterwards start again with a fresh mind.
The hanging linen at the end of the installation has many little holes in it, which represents that when you walk away from the installation, and leave the exhibition, you will never have all you questions answered, you will never be able to know everything.
We find this installation very inspiring and truly beautiful.
For us it can also represent something else, when we were standing in front of it for a while it started to remind us of the course of life.
You start in the left when you get born, through a very colourful life full of ups and downs. Maybe there is a period where everything stands still, maybe a crisis, but life will go on, in other colours but as many-sided. In our interpretation, the linen in the end represents death, with the holes symbolizing that maybe not even death must be the end and there are things we will never know and questions we'll never get answers to.

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