David Marshall Hicks
My current body of work consists of large-scale narrative drawings. In my narratives, I explore a variety of opposing concepts, such as immorality and innocence, power and weakness, or masculinity and femininity. The characters in my narratives are archetypes, representing different portraits of these opposing themes, such as the innocent child or the evil gunman. Using the stage of an epic battle scene as my backdrop, I draw connections between cause and affect, or character and destiny. These connections are most clearly illustrated in the path of a bullet, a thread of string, or a banner of text. They are visual, metaphorical, and literal connectors, tying one character’s action to another character’s receipt of that action, intertwining their roles in the narrative. I also explore the dynamics of human connection and dysfunction through metaphorical pictures of human relationships. Currently, my narratives render portraits of dominance and submission, co-dependent protector and rescued, or victim/martyr and abuser in relationships.

Working in a metaphorical language allows me to embody multiple conceptual ideas in a single figure. Layering these figures in a large-scale composition gives me the opportunity to address personal narrative, universal themes, and current events, all within the same piece. Working on the same drawing for an extended period of time allows me to build a high level of complexity, intensifying the presentation to an “all-at-once” moment for the viewer to ponder.

My body of work also includes 3 dimensional pieces, and laser engravings. These are thematically tied to the large-scale narratives, functioning as formal and conceptual portraits of the characters in the drama.