Carrie Hawks

Designer, Filmmaker, and Artist, US

Carrie Hawks makes art to investigate gender, sexuality, and race in order to promote healing. Their works have been exhibited at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, the Brooklyn Museum, CinemAfrica (Stockholm), Cape Town, and Tokyo. Animation, drawing, collage, sculpture, doll-making and performance are all vital parts of their art practice. They harness the magic of animation to tell stories. Their film black enuf*won numerous awards and had its broadcast debut on American Public Television’s World Channel in 2019. The film was funded in part by the Jerome Foundation. They have performed with Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter, and participated in the Set on Freedom Artist Residency at the Queens Museum. They hold a BA in Art History & Visual Arts from Barnard College and a BFA in Graphic Design from Georgia State University.

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Carrie Hawks was in residence from May 23 to June 19, 2019 in partnership with the Jerome Foundation.


Carrie Hawks, "black enuf*"
Carrie Hawks, "Sprawl" (from "Swarm")

Self-injury, breasts and femininity, and animation techniques

For the Camargo residency period, Carrie focused on three areas of research: self-injury, breasts and femininity, and animation techniques. They investigated self-injury and self-harm in religion, history, and current psychology. The research also concentrated on recent studies of self-harm unrelated to religious affiliation, and the varied responses to these similar practices. Self-injury is often met with hostility in the American health industry, so they are curious to find the differences in Europe and what treatment methods are applied. They investigated the relationship between femininity and breasts to explore gender non-conforming people, and histories of going outside of the gender binary in other cultures. They also used the time to explore animation techniques and took in works at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival.