Growth Rest Change

Giselle Hicks

Opening Reception:
June 14, 4 – 6pm

On view:
June 14th - August 8th, 2024

Placed presents “Growth Rest Change,” an exhibition of the works of Giselle Hicks. Imagined as studies on clay, this series takes fundamental forms and classical silhouettes from the ceramics canon to display the full messiness of the artist’s creative process—with love of the material triumphant.


“Clay doesn’t spare you of heartbreak: of failures, of creative lulls and frustration, of pyrotechnic surprises and disasters,” states Hicks. These pieces, however, are fully realized. Each vessel approaches a perfection of form while never hiding what makes them hand-made and relatable. The fingerprints left on their surfaces act as signature, reminding us of the artist who is both present and absent in what she creates.

Hicks is driven by the desire and ultimate futility of understanding a material in its entirety. "Growth Rest Change" refers to this process of renewal, in which, after the struggle of creation, a new vessel is made by a maker who herself is made anew. Collected here in one setting, these pieces document an artist's life of continuous study, passion, grappling with, and meditation on clay.

Placed is a gallery and curatorial platform located in Livingston, Montana and found where people come together in a communal experience of art. We highlight regional artists alongside a global roster whose work is made meaningful through place while giving place its meaning. We value the artist as much as the artist. When in one place, we are somewhere else: We curate with art institutions and galleries in and beyond Montana. We follow the river against the current. We want to know where you’ve been.

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