Adam Hawk received his BFA in sculpture from Memphis College of Art and his MFA in metalsmithing from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Hawk’s current work is a response to forms found in both urban and natural settings focusing on the theoretical ideals of art versus craft. His work has recently been exhibited at the National Ornamental Metal Museum, Appalachian Center for Crafts, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, and the Fuller Craft Museum. Hawk is an instructor of Foundations and Fine Arts at Memphis College of Art.
I have sketched, made things, and explored nature throughout life. From roaming the creeks and fields I grew up around, to traveling to foreign countries, my exposure to urban and natural aesthetics has had a major influence on my design vocabulary. In my youth I felt compelled to interact with and be drawn into my surroundings, and in my adult years nothing changed except the improvement of instruments and the distance of exploration. The focus of technique and craftsmanship in metalsmithing-coupled with my obsessiveness when presented a new challenge-comprise the basis of how I approach the act of making. The natural world guides me, and a simple rock becomes a vessel. The body of a ghost crab becomes an alphabet. Things outside of myself control the language I use to describe my experiences.