Pamela Elliss Hawkes
Why is it that black-and-white photography has long possessed the attribute of communicating fact, history, and documentation, when the world we live in is color? How does the photographic print bring us to believe that what we are seeing actually exists – that it is a true 3-dimensional space, which occupies some portion of some real place?
Photographers work hard both in the moments prior to the opening of the shutter and in the printing of the image in order to convince us of the reality of that which it has recorded. Pamela Ellis Hawkes serves forth these questions literally on a dish or a shelf, and raises doubt to the validity of the truth that photographs which look to document the “real” present. She explores the historical relationship and dependency between the photograph and the 3-dimensional object. Hawkes questions the idea of the photograph itself and how it came about as an object to be considered. Hawkes’ masterful printing calls attention to the photographic print’s ability to seduce us into believing that which was there and not consider that which is there.
Pamela Elliss Hawkes has been in many exhibitions including group shows at the Photographic Resource Center (Boston, MA), The Silver Eye Center (Pittsburgh, PA), the Print Center (Philadelphia, PA), the Southern Light Gallery (Amarillo College, Texas), the Barrett Art Center (Poughkeepsie, NY), and solo exhibitions at the Houston Center for Photography (Houston, TX, the Pepper Gallery (Boston, MA) and the Southern Light Gallery (Amarillo College, Amarillo, TX). She has been a recipient of the Silver Eye Center for Photography’s 2001 Fellowship, the recipient of the Ernst Haas Award at the Maine Photographic Workshops (1994 & 1995), the Polaroid Corporation’s Artists’ Support Program (1993 & 1996), as well as having received Juror Prizes in the Photographic Resource Center’s Members Exhibition (2001) and the Arthur Griffin Center for the Photographic Arts (1993 & 1994). Hawkes’s photographs can be found in public collections including the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Polaroid Collection, Putnam Investments, Fidelity Investments, The Boston Public Library and the CPW’s Permanent Print Collection at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz. Her work has been featured publications including Lenswork, The Photo Review, Viewfinder and most recently appeared in the Center for Photography at Woodstock’s Photography Quarterly with work selected by Yancey Richardson. Pamela Ellis Hawkes lives and works in Rockport, Massachusetts and is represented in Boston by the Pepper Gallery and on-line by www.avagallery.com (platinum/ palladium prints only).