My work draws on the experience of the audience, exploring how language, codes and the written word is perceived, broken down and deciphered by the viewer. I am interested in the notion of memories, the cultural psychologies of looking and the differences between socially conditioned learning patterns and biological ones.
Within my practice I explore the book as object and work on a large scale using multiples to create environments which transform spaces that explore suggestion and secrecy. I am drawn to working with paper as a sculptural medium and using traditional craft techniques, such as folding, cutting, printing, stitching and weaving to explore the environments of both art and craft. My work is concerned with the physical acts of looking, reading and listening encouraging viewers to consciously be aware of their surroundings, controlling and manipulating the way things can be seen, read and heard.
I follow a socially engaging practice which involves members of the public, to physically interact with the artwork, at various stages of the making and presenting of work. www.yvettehawkins.com