Clay Hawkley


I shift between ideas every few months or when the work becomes routine or systematized. I work with some recurring themes but I don’t hesitate to go off-script. I favored variety as a student and in the fabricator and designer roles I’ve had as a professional. The materials, processes and ideas that I’ve been exposed to outside of the studio inform how and what I make more than anything.

My current work investigates power and masculinity with sculpture, drawing and assemblage. I randomly exercise in the studio on DIY exercise equipment as a reminder of my own strength and stamina - and lack thereof. I’m also augmenting found objects, images and mottos to examine the vulnerabilities of power and to interrupt narratives that masculinity can be reduced to statistics, physical strength or brute-force.