EXHIBITION: JAN 29-FEB15
ARTIST LECTURE & RECEPTION: FEB 1, 4:30-6:30PM
--Lecture will begin @ 4:30pm
Zoe Hawk’s work delves into the world of adolescence, depicting groups of girls within carefully constructed scenes: at school, in the home, or out in nature. Themes of gendered socialization, anxiety, group dynamics, and performance are tackled within scenes of girlhood play and interactions, often stylistically referencing children’s storybook illustrations.
The narratives depicted in the paintings are meant to be sweet and somewhat familiar to the viewer, yet upon closer inspection they take a mysterious or unsettling turn. Sometimes conveying innocence and curiosity, other times confronting violence and fear, her work investigates the complex experience of coming of age. The costumes, colorful dresses, mournful funeral attire, and identical uniforms signify various modes of feminine identity, and set the stage for the girls’ interactions. An intricate play of yearning, contention, camaraderie, and mischief develops between these characters as they navigate their own little worlds—somewhere between childhood and adulthood, between fairy tales and the dark realities of womanhood.
Hawk was born in St. Louis in 1982. She received her MFA in painting from the University of Iowa in 2011, and BFA in studio art from Missouri State University in 2005. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, and included in publications such as New American Paintings, ArtMaze Mag (UK), and JOIA Magazine (Chile). She has attended printmaking residencies at Frans Masereel Centrum in Belgium, Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, New York, and has traveled twice to Norway as an artist-in-residence at Kunstnarhuset Messen. Her most recent residency experience was at the Doha Fire Station in Qatar, which culminated in a group exhibition in Berlin. Zoe currently lives and works in Doha, Qatar.
Thursday, February 15 at 8:00am to 5:00pm
George Caleb Bingham Gallery A125 Fine Arts Building