Alice Hawkins

Self-Portrait as Dolly Parton, Nashville 2011, 2011/19


Alice Hawkins
, 2011/19
Gicée PF Lustre print
59.4 x 42 cm
Edition of 75 + 3AP

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About the artwork

In June 2011 Alice Hawkins travelled to Nashville, accompanied by her trusty hairdresser and stylist, channelling Dolly Parton for a week long trip.

For Hawkins, "The whole experience was surreal. From the minute I stepped off the plane, I felt I was living a dream. With my huge hair, nail extensions and high shoes, I felt I somehow invoked the spirit of Dolly. Assuming the identity of my idol filled me with a feeling beyond happiness."  This work is part of a series of images that form Hawkins' personal tribute to Dolly.

About the Artist

Best known for her portrait and fashion photography and filmmaking, Hawkins creates jubilant, playful, touching and unashamedly glitzy images. She contributes to titles such as POP, Love and PonyStep. With a unique flair for storytelling and being naturally attracted to the outrageous, unconventional or exuberant, her work continually celebrates individuality across the globe. A compilation of her images entitled “Alice’s Adventures” was published in 2017 by Thames & Hudson. 

Studio Voltaire has been supporting artists for over twenty years, through our renowned programme of exhibitions, performances, events and education projects as well as providing affordable studios.

We have gained a reputation for championing both emerging and underrepresented artistic practices, often at key stage in the artist’s career. These have included Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Phyllida Barlow, Ruth Ewan, Elizabeth Price, Jo Spence, Joanne Tatham & Tom O’Sullivan, Richard Slee and Cathy Wilkes.

The gallery also provides an important UK platform for international artists, often providing them their first-ever presentation in the UK. These have included Nairy Baghramian, Thea Djordjadze, Nicole Eisenman, Judith Hopf, Paulina Olowska and Henrik Olesen.