In Coincidence artist Candace Hicks continues her exploration of the phenomena of reoccuring events. Hicks begins her story by trying to understand what coincidence means by definition and how this idea can be challenged. This simple question carries her through many subjects, revisting her interest in Napoleon and finding new points of interest in her child’s singing, movies, her friend’s experiences and so on. Similar to her continous stream of thought, imagery of marching ants acts as lines on a page throughout the entirty of the book. Ants are the only instance of coincidence on which Hicks focuses within this edition, sections of text being completely blocked by a swarm of ants, the writing only to be revealed with a pair of red lensed glasses the artist provides.
Candace Hicks collects coincidences from the books she reads and gathers them in her artists’ books. Her compendiums of coincidence witness the world in detail in the same way that a landscape or portrait artist makes observations and records the result with the exception that Hicks describes literary exercises in memory. Her books are records that show the world through a particular, specific, sometimes obsessive, point of view. She recently became the Coordinator of Foundations at Stephen