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.
Social media provides an endless stream of images celebrating the perfect life. But are we living better lives as a result of this idealizing visual bombardment? We talk to artists who are scrutinizing the onslaught, offering us glossy images of the perfection we crave and pulling back the veil on the illusion.