Using photography and hand-crafted structures, Liz Hickok creates miniature worlds that reference natural and urban environments overgrown by strange crystal formations. The colorful tableaux 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. Hickok floods 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 she created. She enjoys the conflicting processes of control and lack thereof, eerily mimicking our current climate crisis.
She also produced videos documenting the liquid crystal growth and a new Augmented Reality series.
San Francisco-based artist, Liz Hickok, works in an innovative creative style, mixing low and high tech to create immersive art works that bring viewers into a whimsical and wondrous space. Using playful materials and intersecting photography, sculpture, video, and installation, Hickok makes art that intermingles science and nature. Her most recent projects use augmented reality and other interactive technologies, inviting her spectators to take a more personal approach to her art, and closing the gap between artist and viewer.
Hickok exhibits nationally and internationally; her work is included in such collections as the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Blue Shield of California, and Mills College Art Museum. Hickok’s series, Fugitive Topography: Cityscapes in Jell-O, attracted widespread media attention, receiving coverage in The New York Times, a feature on CBS’s The Early Show, and NPR. Photographs from her Ground Waters series were included in the Reimagined Landscapes exhibition at the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, CA.
Hickok has developed photomurals for Facebook and Google’s San Francisco offices, as well as for UCSF and Sutter Hospitals. She recently created a new site-specific installation for the Surreal Sublime exhibition at the San Jose ICA, and had a large solo exhibition at the Longview Museum of Fine Arts in Longview, TX. She currently has an outdoor photomural on display in Palo Alto, CA which integrates three-dimensional layers of augmented reality video and sound. Liz’s most recent project was an interactive large-scale video projection for Palo Alto’s Code:ART2 this fall. In 2022, she will have a solo show at Chung Namont Gallery in Noe Valley, San Francisco.
To see more of Liz’s work, please visit her website: