"F L O W"  by Bill Hickman  |  Reception: Nov. 7 - Dec. 24   Artist Statement: Flow is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In essence, flow is characterized by complete absorption in what one does. Making multiples of anything can be boring so I’ve taken the approach that I’ve have used while making masks that I’m know for, which is getting the most variations from the object I can. So I have taken a bird medallion from a 1950’s screen door and had multiples cut out of 20 gauge sheet steel hammered and welded and painted and arranged on the wall to create a flowing motion Bill Hickman: Bill Hickman has been creating welded steel sculptures for more than 30 years. He is the oldest child in a family of three whose father and mother were Naval Officers. The family moved every two years and Bill lived on both the east and west coasts. Bill learned to weld at Encinal High School in Alameda County CA. Bill continued to excel in vocational education classes at Fort Hunt High School in Alexandria, VA where he graduated in 1974. Bill entered Fairfax County Community College and realized academics did not suit him well. The following year Bill attended Oklahoma State Tech and majored in auto body repair. Here he gained more technical knowledge and skills in metal working and welding. After a brief stint doing restaurant work in Blacksburg VA, Bill moved to Raleigh NC where he has live for thirty years. Bill worked his way up to manage the kitchen now defunct Ratskeller Restaurant on Hillsborough Street across from North Carolina State University. Many people who lived in Raleigh during the 80’s and 90’s are familiar with Bill’s food. While working more than full-time at the restaurant for eighteen years, Bill found time to follow his passion for making sculpture. He taught himself techniques and made objects that reflected his reality at the time. During this time he also amassed a collection of more than 100 books on art history and artist biographies. Picasso’s work is still a major influence. Bill was accepted as a member of Artspace, Inc. in 1989 were he rented a studio until 1991. He is currently a member of the American Craft Council, Piedmont Craftsmen and Carolina Designer Craftsmen. Bill currently continues to make sculpture in his backyard welding studio in the Five Points neighborhood in Raleigh. He still dapples in cooking for friends.