ABOUT THE WORK
Using photography and hand-crafted structures, I create miniature worlds that reference natural and urban environments overgrown by strange crystal formations. The colorful tableau are playful in their materials, presenting an ambiguous sense of scale that allows the viewer to imagine themselves in an otherworldly sphere. In a sense, each of these images is a science experiment. I flood the scenes with a liquid crystal solution and over the course of a few hours, days or weeks, the crystals re-form and invade the small model I created. I enjoy the conflicting processes of control and lack thereof, eerily mimicking our current climate crisis.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Liz Hickok is a San Francisco-based artist working in photography, video, sculpture, and installation. She received her MFA from Mills College in Oakland, CA, a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, and a BA from Tufts University in Boston, MA. Hickok lived and worked in Boston before moving to San Francisco in 2003.
Hickok has exhibited at arts institutions across the country and internationally from Washington to Israel. Recently, Liz developed a photomural for Google’s San Francisco offices and participated in Experiments in Form & Fiction at Capsule Gallery in Houston, TX. Hickok has completed several public art projects including photomurals for UCSF Mission Bay and a neighborhood revitalization project in Denver, CO. She has also created elaborate site-specific installations in the Bay Area at Headlands Center for the Arts and the Exploratorium.
Hickok’s Fugitive Topography: Cityscapes in Jell-O attracted media attention, receiving coverage in The New York Times and features on the CBS’s The Early Show and NPR.