Celene Hawkins, Husk, 2013. Bronze and gilded plaster. 9 x 6 x 5.75 in

Celene Hawkins


 Taft Museum of Art

A sculptor, turned loose in a gallery filled with paintings, looks at—the frames. Or so it seemed in Celene Hawkins’s thought-provoking exhibition “Landscape Re-framed: Sculp­tures” in which she recorded her responses to the Taft Museum’s fine collection of primarily European works from the 18th and 19th centuries. Hawkins focused on the careful attention to detail and undoubted skill of their makers, and she decided to elaborate on their work in a manner both witty and of an equally high level of craftsmanship. Frames need to surround something, and Hawkins chose to extend the natural references that inspired the frames’ carved flourishes by producing digital prints related to flora and fauna. If these images appear stiff and to some degree…see the entire review in the print version of March’s Sculpture magazine.