Hawkes deNiord’s recent paintings record the distillation of memory, dream, allegory, and emotion into impressions using paint and mixed media. Her large abstract works represent reflective response to world events and personal reflections; they present a visual interpretation through vivid color.
Hawkes deNiord studied fine arts and Asian studies in college and graduate work and developed her sometimes edgy, sometimes sublime painting style originally in oils and works, now with viscous acrylics and metals. Additionally, she trained as a ceramicist and printmaker, both of which, she admits, enter into the painting as “different ways of thinking,” effecting problem-solving and paint application. The most difficult and exciting part of painting, she says, is paying attention to the inherent message developed in each work.
In an attempt to understand conflicts and social issues experienced worldwide and as close to home as the classroom where she taught art in Brattleboro, Hawkes deNiord, frequently journals and sketches her understanding of art as archeology, digging through using visual language to an abstracted painted image that she hopes transcends the object and translates one’s understanding.
C.X. Silver Gallery gallery is at 814 Western Avenue and will host the exhibition through mid-March. It is open daily by appointment. To arrange a visit call (802) 257-7898.