Ellie Hawkes United Kingdom
I have lived in West Yorkshire for most of my life. I can remember from being very small that I was drawn to nature and the beautiful landscapes surrounding the area I lived in. In 2014, I completed my foundation course in Art & Design at Leeds College of Art. I went onto study Fine Art at Central St. Martins, where my practice became more complex, larger in scale and held delicate details.
My practice explores nature in all forms through processes of photography and printing techniques. The subjects I use have primary references to environmental matter and can be perceived as physical samples of nature. My work more recently has been focused around printed matter and digital processes, exploring seasonal colours and shapes. The prints respond to interior settings and appear three dimensional in form.
Circular shapes are the main theme within my practice, used to magnify specific areas of a photographic image or design. Perspex and vinyl materials are used to compose the circular discs I create. The translucent material enables light and colouration to infiltrate through the work, creating depth and obscurities.
Over the last two years, I created several commissions for the public and I am always open to fabricating and designing new concepts for homes and public spaces. I have exhibited work across the UK and last year took part in a group show in Borås, Sweden. My work is on display in regional galleries and I enjoy working collaboratively and exhibiting at print fairs too.