Published by MCA Denver. Edited with interview by Nora Burnett Abrams. Foreword by Glenn Adamson. Text by Elissa Auther, Lisa Tamiris Becker, Ezra Shales.
Kim Dickey: Words Are Leaves is the first major monograph on Denver-based artist Kim Dickey (born 1964), published on the occasion of a midcareer survey of Dickey’s work at MCA Denver. The book presents Dickey’s sculpture and works on paper, as well as her film and performance-based works. Essays explore the conceptual, historical and aesthetic concerns that have driven Dickey’s practice for three decades: her ongoing study of pattern and decoration, interest in landscape design and the history of the garden, feminist politics and references to various historical art styles and schools, ranging from medieval tapestry to Minimalist sculpture. Words Are Leaves illustrates how Dickey’s reconsideration of craft and pattern brings the decorative to the fore, and to life.