Sara Hagerty/Monday Afternoon exhibition catalog/2010 / by Kathleen Hawkes

Photographing evidence of objects that she had physically destroyed, such as re-glued shattered china, Kate Hawkes transitions her attention to the natural processes that are taking place around her. Noticing the many chemical and physical subtleties occurring in nature, Hawkes began to contemplate the futility of preservation and disappearance. In Crawfish she uses ice to freeze a life form , echoing the scientific process of cryogenics and the hopeful chance to preserve living beings for the reanimation at another time. In Hawkes’ procedure, this preservation through the use of ice will kill the crawfish. However, while the ice will eventually melt, the tiny frozen forms will forever be preserved through teh permanence of the photograph. Continuing her fascination with the futility of preservation the artist explores another molecular capability of water: evaporation. In her workVapor, Hawkes photographs evaporating water as it blindly redistributes itself from a piece of paper in to the atmosphere of her studio. In both Crawfish and Vapor the artist exemplifies her interest in nature’s ability to transition through physical stations while using her camera to arrest the temporality of her subjects. While the residue in the of a stain of a puddle will physically remain, the station at which Hawkes captures her subjects allows is to contemplate science and our position as controllers of natural elements.