Sheila Hicks (American, born 1934)
Linen; H. 59 1/8 in. (150 cm), W. 82 3/4 in. (210 cm), D. 6 in. (15.2 cm)
Purchase, Anonymous Gift, 1986 (1986.7)
Textile designer Sheila Hicks is best known for large-scale, traditionally made, three-dimensional fiberwork wall hangings. On this tapestry, ponytail-like tassels made from bleached linen thread hang down in randomly overlapped layers, creating a luxuriantly thick, soft-white relief. The artist conceived the work in 196768 after a winter trip to Normandy, France, where she saw houses with snow piled high on the roofs. She successfully re-creates the effect of this compelling sight with a totally unsuspected material.