Dena Hawes, Ph.D. is a multimedia, interdisciplinary artist who works in the mediums of metalsmithing, jewelry, sculpture, installation and performance art. She has a home and studio in Bloomington, IN.
Dena’s jewelry/art wear/artwork delves into the concept of the ‘intimate immensity’, exploring the power and presence of small objects. Gaston Bachelard, in his book entitled the Poetics of Space discusses the intensity and power of a small, intimate object. For Bachelard, "immensity in the intimate domain is intensity, an intensity of being, the intensity of a being evolving in a vast perspective of intimate intensity. . . .” The experience of the intimate immensity liberates the dreamer from care and thought, and allows one deeper and deeper in to the grandeur of a seemingly limitless world.
Dena has exhibited her artwork work nationally and internationally since 1994, has taught new genre/sculpture and contemporary art issues at the university level for five years. She has also worked in the areas of civil society and fund development for U.S. nonprofits, international non-governmental organizations and university centers for over 20 years.
Dena earned a Bachelor's degree from Indiana University, a Master of Fine Arts degree from University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Masters and Doctoral degree from the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University. From 2001-02 she was a Professional Development Fellow with the Institute for International Education conducting conflict resolution and security research in the Republic of Georgia. She is a world record holder, and the author of a book entitled Why Art Matters: Artists and Peacebuilding, VDM Verlag, 2009, a book chapter entitled "Suzanne Lacy: Oakland Projects", Artistic Bedfellows: Histories and Conversations in Collaborative Art Practice, Eds Holly Crawford, Rowman & Littlefield, 2008. She has also published journal articles and poetry.