|curator's statement||october 2007 selection|
m a n y l a n d s
c u r a t o r : a l l i s o n h a w k i n s
The pieces in this selection convey an amazing openness and intimacy. A great deal of freedom is evident as well -- a loss of inhibitions and a real intensity in hand and feeling.
As the group came together there was an apparent fluidity and compatibility in the sentiments of the images. They are topics that I am very drawn to in my surroundings, my own work and the work of others -- clearly being that of land, animals, our relationship to the two, and a spirituality that can be gained from both and has been throughout history.
The extreme form of the animal-human hybrid is represented here as well -- in the way of fantastical creatures and costume-zoomorphic masks and headdresses. As a result there is a mythic, totemic, and ceremonial quality to many of these pieces, as if they are guides. We anthropomorphize them too -- the baby eagles, the dancing zebras, and the lion monkey. The thoughtful owls, watching fish, and soft swan offer a potential companionship, a sensitivity. They create their own worlds that we can access. The quality of escape, quiet, and the comfort of land -- of nature -- makes our entry that much more satisfying.
b i o g r a p h y
Allison Hawkins was born in Ohio in 1978. She now lives in Brooklyn and makes her drawings there as well. She is represented by The Proposition Gallery. Allison is Program Director at The Joan Mitchell Foundation, where she provides support to their grant opportunities for artists.