Portrait of a Gourd Artist

FOR THE LAST EIGHTEEN YEARS, Mindy Hawkins has primarily been creating sculpture with gourds as my “canvas.”  Recently I have begun a journey into a new dimension with her art. "I have become intrigued and inspired by the combination of two sculptural mediums: the natural and organic shape of gourds and the sculptural and textural characteristics of hand-made soft figures. The combination of these two elements has sparked my imagination and inspired me to create artwork that tells a story. In many cases the theme of the piece is represented by a play-on-words using iconic characters, both real and imagined. The gourd becomes a 3-D canvas that allows me to introduce a variety of textures, patterns and colors to the foundation of the sculpture. It is the basis whereby I then add elements such as legs, beak, wings, tail, and eyes.  The soft figure allows me to express the emotions of the character through facial expressions; body language; and the style, color and patterning of the clothing. The added accessories further enhance the narrative.  In the end, the two mediums are combined to create a harmonizing composition." She is an amazing artist. Check her work out at www.mindyhawkinsgourds.com

FOR THE LAST EIGHTEEN YEARS, Mindy Hawkins
has primarily been creating sculpture with gourds as her “canvas.” Recently she has begun a journey into a new dimension with her art. “I have become intrigued and inspired by the combination of two sculptural mediums: the natural and organic shape of gourds and the sculptural and textural characteristics of hand-made soft figures. The combination of these two elements has sparked my imagination and inspired me to create artwork that tells a story. In many cases the theme of the piece is represented by a play-on-words using iconic characters, both real and imagined.
The gourd becomes a 3-D canvas that allows me to introduce a variety of textures, patterns and colors to the foundation of the sculpture. It is the basis whereby I then add elements such as legs, beak, wings, tail, and eyes.
The soft figure allows me to express the emotions of the character through facial expressions; body language; and the style, color and patterning of the clothing. The added accessories further enhance the narrative. In the end, the two mediums are combined to create a harmonizing composition.”
She is an amazing artist. Check her work out at http://www.mindyhawkinsgourds.com

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