"Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world."
- Lucille Ball
"My bones whisper to my blood; my sleep deceives me.
This motion is larger than air; wider than water;
Fly, fly, spirit. A strange shape nestles in my nerves.
Whisper back to me, wit. Im ready to be alive."
“I love you without knowing how, or when,
or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this
way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is
no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate
that when I fall asleep your eyes close.”
Pablo Neruda, 100 Love Sonnets
Rupert Charles Wulsten Bunny
“Among those whom I like or admire, I can find no common denominator,
but among those whom I love, I can; all of them make me laugh.”
― W.H. Auden
Dancer and Tambourine - Edgar Degas
"Come Fairies, take me out of this dull world, for I would ride
with you upon the wind and dance upon the mountains like a flame!"
Storytelling, myths and religious iconography show us the possibilities of change, alchemical transmutations from the mundane life we lead. Through traditional imagery, text materials and painting methodology my work invite a questioning of the ideal. Paintings that hint at the seduction of beauty, jewels and brocades cocoons then binds us into a misplaced serenity.
Pam Hawkes. 2012
The Players I
Behind the Scene
At first glance the rich,dark colours and muted gleam of gold leaf are reminiscent of grand Rennaissance portraits, but a second look reveals a vulnerability in the sitterswhich is at odds with their formal pose. Pam Hawkes's mind is steeped in illuminated manuscrpts and religious iconography which transmits into striking images of today. She loves the idea of stillnes, so often personified by the Virgin in paintings of the Annunciation throughout the ages, but many of the women in her portraits betray agitation behind the apparent tranquility.
Mary Rose Beaumont. June 2010
Stories of Desire IV
The Impossibilities of Falling
The sense of innocence
Tracing Mythologies III
Pam is particularly interested in the notion of the picture frame and how the frame can interact with the image and has become an integral part of the work….She constantly plays with ambiguity, text may or may not refer to the image,and the subjects themselves are fairly androgynous, opening up a whole range of sexual interpretation and mixed meaning. The sitters are stylised and although they may be family and friends, this is not portraiture as you and I know it.
They are knowingly idealised, in a way that plays with a notion that there is no ideal family unit. Indeed, like her characters within the frame we too are trapped within a world that is not exactly of our own choosing. They are bound in a realm of domesticity. The fabric and the folds, the wallpaper effect and the use of household implements such as cloth and sponges in technique, all point to an artist who is fully aware that the home is not necessarily where the heart is.