Black charcoal drawing of a figure with cat ears, dressed in a long draping gown that falls to the floor and gathers around her feet.

%C2%A9 Nicola Hicks

Cat Woman, 1999

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An accomplished sculptor and draftsman, Nicola Hicks's work combines sharply observed studies of animals and people with an imaginative element of fantasy. She creates strange, evocative new beasts that seem to live and breathe both on the page and in three dimensions. Her monumental Cat Woman is a self-portrait, where the artist convincingly portrays herself as part feline, part human. With charcoal, Hicks works and reworks areas of the face and body with intensity, particularly around the eyes, giving the figure a dark, shadowy presence and haunting psychological depth. The figure's hybrid appearance and regal character are reminiscent of the enduringly powerful ancient Egyptian goddesses dwelling in the galleries of the British Museum, especially Sekhmet, the lioness-headed warrior goddess.

Details
Title
Cat Woman
Artist Life
born 1960
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2010.89
Provenance
The artist, 1999-2010; sold through artist's dealer, Flowers Gallery, London, to MIA
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Black charcoal drawing of a figure with cat ears, dressed in a long draping gown that falls to the floor and gathers around her feet.

© Nicola Hicks

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