Dena Hawes

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. Made of metals, stones, 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, influencing size, proportion, verticality, horizontality, mass, volume and light.