Adolescent Mysteries Explored in Otherworldly Paintings of Young Women


Artist Zoe Hawk, who we first discovered on The Jealous Curator, explores the murky, magical space between adolescence and womanhood in her series of paintings featuring groups of young girls. Hawk demonstrates how a simple landscape becomes far more compelling as a place to explore the feminine identity.

Hawk captures the power and vulnerability of women in everyday life and beyond; at times the scenes feel ominous, with young girls poised in threatening ways or matronly women guarding the scene dressed in vintage mourning garb. But with light comes dark, and Hawk’s works feel elemental in that way, with fairytale-esque threads woven throughout each piece (the Brothers Grimm would be delighted).

See a preview of Hawk’s paintings in our gallery below:

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