Lost Keys: Recent Works by Mercy Hawkins

In large-scale ink drawings and sculptural paintings, Mercy Hawkins combines traditional craft techniques with colors and patterns found in the landscape to reveal the ways that humans are a part of the natural world.

Lost Keys features recent projects displayed in multiple locations across the USF campus. In the Kalmanovitz Hall Atrium and on the third floor Sculpture Terrace are various textile sculptures, including the new installation "A Place in the Sun". Bound with netting and strings and covered in intricate patterns drawn from leaves, bark, and water, the sculptures take on organic shapes suggestive of plant and human forms. Within the Thacher Gallery are large-scale abstract drawings in ink and watercolor, along with additional three-dimensional works. The artist states, “Within my work, I seek to elevate an understanding, in our increasingly alienated world, that we are not just single beings, we, too, are the earth, the ocean, the sky.”

About the Artist

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Mercy Hawkins headshot

Mercy Hawkins is an interdisciplinary artist and educator living and working in Northern California. Her work seeks to reveal a new language, expanding a lexicon of the possible, as it relates to the sensorium of the living body, both in and as the natural world. Working within a craft-based manipulation and assemblage of varied materials, Hawkins pursues a return to a vital visual language, imbued with a living, responsive pulse of the world. Hawkins received her BA from California State University, Sacramento with a minor in History and received her MFA from University of California, Davis. She was graduate fellow in residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito CA (2021/22) and is featured in New American Paintings #153, MFA Annual.

Lost Keys is showing concurrently with Soft Power: Recent Projects by Alexander Hernandez.

Learn more about Mercy Hawkins

  • Aug. 22-Nov. 6, 2022
    Thacher Gallery & Kalmanovitz Hall Rooftop Sculpture Terrace

    Where the Sun Meets the Sea, 2022
    Mixed media on yupo paper, textiles, fiber
    (10" x 26" x 30")

    The Gale and the Shadow, 2022
    Mixed media on yupo paper, textiles, fiber
    (10” x 24” x 72”)

    Still Life for Graves, 2020
    Mixed media on yupo paper, textiles, fiber
    (20” x 30” x 66”)

    A Place in the Sun, 2022
    Mixed media on yupo paper, textiles, fiber
    (5” x 18" each)

    Well Wish For Rain, 2022
    Acrylic and colored graphite on yupo paper with linen fiber and thread
    (Various sizes, 6” x 40” x 54” - 8’ x 20” x 72”)

    In Light of the Wind II, 2021
    Ink on paper
    (52" x 80")

    Seeing Others, 2020
    Ink on paper
    (52" x 66")

    Where You Were, 2019
    Ink on paper
    (36” x 54")

    Fertile Rites, 2017
    Watercolor and pencil on yupo paper
    (23” x 35")

    How to be Happy and Sad, 2018
    Mixed media on paper
    (48” x 72")

    Learning to Talk, 2021
    Mixed media on yupo paper, various fibers, textiles and wood
    (9” x 14” x 36”)

    Until There Is No Winter, 2020
    Mixed media on yupo paper, various fibers, textiles and wood
    (12” x 20” x 26”)

Lost Keys Artwork & Installation Views