In Hickok’s current body of work she creates miniature worlds where both natural and urban environments are overgrown by strange crystal formations. The colorful tableaux are playful in their materials, but they also allude to our environment being saturated by chemical pollution. Hickok combines sculpture with photography, capturing fleeting moments during a process of alchemical transformation. She assembles and investigates various elements and then floods the scene with a liquid crystal solution, like a science experiment. Over the course of a few hours, days, or weeks, the crystals reform, permeating the small model.
A related body of photographs, Sets and Tests, will also be on view at the gallery. In this series Hickok takes the sets, props and experiments that she uses to create her sculptures, and photographs them on a simple white background. The simplicity of the images, along with the large scale of the prints allows the viewer to observe the objects’ formal beauty, while giving a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the artistic process.