David Hicks is an artist currently living and working in North Carolina. Hicks’ works, drawing inspiration from nature and agricultural products, examines the formal qualities of plans and organic forms common to the American landscape. Hicks holds a BFA from the California State University in Long Beach, and in 2006 he completed his MFA at Alfred University in New York. Hicks exhibits his work throughout the United States and abroad, and is included in many permanent collections including the Permanent Collection of the World Ceramic Exhibition in South Korea, the United States Embassy Art Collection and the American Museum of Ceramic Art.
David is just beginning to understand the attraction he has to the agricultural. The shapes and themes he references can be found in the fields surrounding his home. Forms that could be hanging from trees, buried in the dirt or rusting in the shed, find their way into his work. He has a fundamental understanding of these organic and sometimes mechanical forms. They seem to be autobiographical and they explain the natural processes of agricultural cycles. In the agricultural world, there are cycles that feel like allegorical references to a human struggle, a struggle that starts with fertilization, moves through growth and finally ends in decay. This process is raw and connected to my understanding of self.