The Feminine Mystique: Pam Hawkes

22 Oct

We are all guilty of over-sharing these days.  Thanks to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Four Square, etc., the world has become privy to our innermost thoughts, what we ate for lunch, how many miles we ran that day.  We scoff at reality shows detailing the daily lives of the Kardashanians, Snookis, and Honey B00-Boos of the world.  We wonder, whatever happened to the allure of mystery?  UK artist Pam Hawkes reaches back into the iconography of illuminated manuscripts and Renaissance portraiture to cleanse our palate of the modernly overexposed.

Unbound, oil on copper leaf on board, 61×104 cm

Tracing Mythologies II, oil on copperleaf on board, 62×122 cm

The stillness and serenity of Hawkes’ figures are at such odds with how we live today.  The often classical poses reminiscent of religious iconography of the Virgin Mary and other figures may at first seem foreign to our contemporary eyes.  Yet there is a softness and vulnerability in these women, as if the ancient had come alive and found itself somehow wandering about our modern world.

You Made Me II, oil, beeswax, and dutch metal on board, 30×41

Fading, oil on copper leaf on board, 122×122 cm

There is a sense of bound freedom to Hawkes’ figures, as if they are only just discovering the door to their cage is open.  We wonder why they sit so still, resisting the temptation to be free.  Perhaps they, like us, have grown fond of their cages.

Birdsong, oil on copperleaf on board, 76×122 cm

To see more of Pam Hawkes’ work, please visit her website— a great many gorgeous works to see there!

Artist found via artist Deborah Scott and POETSArtists Magazine.

All images are via the artist’s website.

6 Responses to “The Feminine Mystique: Pam Hawkes”

  1. Winter Owls October 22, 2012 at 8:51 pm #

    Very beautiful. I love Hawkes’ use of pattern.

    • Lesley October 23, 2012 at 9:07 am #

      I love it, as well, Winter Owls. While the patterns themselves may be reminiscent of ancient designs, the way she uses them is completely contemporary.


  2. the organic artist October 23, 2012 at 8:15 am #

    It’s so funny Lesley every time I see a preview of art that I love, I click on it and voila, it’s YOUR blog! Thanks for this beautiful art….Deb

    • Lesley October 23, 2012 at 8:45 am #

      Such a wonderful compliment! Thanks, Deb! 🙂

  3. amirahislam October 24, 2012 at 12:42 pm #

    These are amazing.

    • Lesley October 24, 2012 at 1:16 pm #

      Glad you liked Pam’s work!

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