The work of Zoe Hawk deals with the complex experience of girlhood, exploring adolescent anxiety, feminine identity, and belonging. These themes are tackled within scenes of play, group interactions, and discovery, often stylistically referencing classic storybook illustration.The narratives depicted in the paintings are meant to be sweet and somewhat familiar to the viewer, yet upon closer inspection take a mysterious or unsettling turn. Sometimes conveying innocence and curiosity, other times confronting uncertainty and fear, these paintings investigate the wonder and distress involved in coming of age.