Dena Hawes

Artist Statement

My artwork falls in between jewelry and sculpture -- 3-D objects that could be worn as 'body art', hung on a wall, or draped over a table or another object. I think of my artwork as an ‘intimate immensity’-- small scale, evocative, and emotionally powerful.

My point of departure is a kind of psycho-geographic mapping experience -- I create objects that are based on psychological issues such as perception, memory, and judgment, while also considering site-specificity, inside/outside space, intimate/exposed space, private/public space. I often combine objects found in nature (mostly feathers, stones and wood) and fabric, with metal forms.

Made of metal, cut stones, fabric, and found objects, my artwork is often an intersection of architecture and nature-based forms. Scale is determined by the relationship of the object to the human body or a specific interior space, influencing size, proportion, verticality, horizontality, mass, volume and light.