Artist Interview - Ellie Hawkes

Artist interview between Shannon Skye Robinson and Lois Emma Harkin (Curating Futures Project Coordinator), and Ellie Hawkes (Curating Futures Artist).

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Date of Interview: 20th of December 2021

Participants: Shannon Skye Robinson (SSR) and Lois Emma Harkin (LEH) and Ellie Hawkes (EH)

SSR/LEH: What is your background?

EH: I come from a Fine Art background, having studied at Central Saint

Martins from 2015-2017.


SSR/LEH: How did you get into art/ creativity?

EH. I have felt my creativity from being very small. I always wanted to draw, paint or make crafts and have fond memories of making pictures at my Grandmas house when I was young. After doing art at A-level, I went onto study a foundation diploma in Leeds and then my degree in London.

Artwork produced by Ellie Hawkes


SSR/LEH: What do you get out of producing work?

EH: I love having a platform to share my view of the world. We all perceive the world differently, so creating artwork allows me to express my feelings to others and hope they share my appreciation for nature and our beautiful surroundings. Making work allows me to switch off from the real world and enter a calm environment.

Artwork produced by Ellie Hawkes


SSR/LEH: How do you want your work to be perceived by an audience?

EH: I want the audience to feel intrigued, to wonder how the work is produced and question what mediums and techniques are used. I also want the audience to stop and look at the details in my work, to see the beauty in the natural materials I use and appreciate our surroundings.

Artwork produced by Ellie Hawkes


SSR/LEH: Who are your biggest inspirations?

EH: Barbara Hepworth, David Hockney, Henri Mattise and Isa Genzken.

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SSR/LEH: What are the main concepts or themes you explore within your work?

EH: The subjects I use have primary references to environment matter and can be perceived as physical samples of nature. I experiment printing with plant matter, flowers and organic materials. Recent works have been focused around digital image manipulation, exploring seasonal colours and shapes.


SSR/LEH: What is the main thing you have learnt through your creative practice?

EH: There are no limits to what you can create. If you put your mind to something, you can always create it.

Artwork produced by Ellie Hawkes


SSR/LEH: Who is your work for? Yourself? A small community? A specific sector of society? Or is it for everyone?

EH: My work is for myself, but something I choose to share with the public. Recently I have

started to think more about global warming and how my subject matter can link to the climate crises and emphasis how as humans we are destroying our beautiful planet and taking it for granted.

SSR/LEH: What is the best piece of advice you could give to another artist, or someone just starting out in the creative sector?

EH: Never be put off by rejection or critique. Art is subjective and it’s impossible for

everyone to ‘like’ your work. Rejection is part of the process, but if you want to exhibit, you have to accept it’s continuous and sometimes a daunting process. But always persevere.

SSR/LEH: Why did you decide to join the Curating Futures community?

EH: The intrigue of sharing ideas with other creatives and having an online community during uncertain times.


You can find Ellie Hawkes via her Instagram