Thicket is part of the larger project,The Stand (Possessing Powers), which grapples with sculptural traditions as they relate to American history, gender, and form. Each carved plaster sculpture in this series takes on a marble figure by Hiram Powers (1805–1873), once considered the Father of American Sculpture. Thicket focuses on two of his sculptures: Eve Tempted (modeled 1839–1842) and Eve Disconsolate (modeled 1855–1861). Haptic/Thicket, the series of photographs featured in the exhibit's accompanying book, is an exploration of wanting and knowing, a physical manifestation of grappling.
Lily Cox-Richard is an artist and postdoctoral fellow in the Michigan Society of Fellows. After earning an MFA in Sculpture + Extended Media from Virginia Commonwealth University, she was in the CORE Program at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. She has been an artist in residence at MacDowell Colony (Peterborough, NH), Millay Colony (Austerlitz, NY), Kompact Living Space (Berlin), AREA Gallery (Caguas, Puerto Rico), and Platteforum Arts (Denver, CO). Cox-Richard has received fellowships and grants from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (the Eliza Prize and the Meredith Long Prize) and The American Craft Council. In summer 2009, she received the Milos Chlupác Fellowship to spend the summer living and working in a quarry near Salzburg, Austria to learn stone carving. She was awarded a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship and an IRWG faculty seed grant for The Stand (Possessing Powers).