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Tresors et Secrets

Sheila Hicks, American, born 1934

Made in United States, North and Central America

c. 1990

Silk, synthetic fibers, wool, cotton, linen, raffia

Diameter (each): 1 3/8 to 9 1/2 inches (3.5 to 24.1 cm)

© Sheila Hicks

Curatorial Department:
Costume and Textiles

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of the artist, 1995

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  • PublicationPhiladelphia Museum of Art Handbook (2014 Edition)

    A pioneer in the fiber-arts movement, Sheila Hicks has gained international fame for her innovative works made of textiles, from small weavings to large sculptural works created in collaboration with architectural and industrial firms. She often incorporates into her art found objects, which she reimagines as new forms. For her ongoing series Trésors et secrets (Treasures and secrets), begun in 1990, miscellaneous items, such as family memorabilia, are wrapped with layers of cloth and thread, thus concealing their identities and histories. The variously sized “soft stones” that result, seventy-one of which are in the Museum’s collection, can be displayed in any configuration, with as many or as few as needed. Dilys E. Blum, from Philadelphia Museum of Art: Handbook. Philadelphia: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2014, pp. 410–411.