For the past four decades, British artist Nicola Hicks’s practice has centred around a world of mythic, sculptural figures, exploring an anthropomorphic relationship to the animal world through portraits of humanized animals and beastlike humans. We spoke with Hicks as she opened the brooding Wabbling Back to the Fire at Flowers Gallery in London.

You can read more about Nicola Hicks in Elephant 32 and in Keep Dark, an Elephant book.