Rachel Hayes: Kindred Spirits
This newly commissioned work by Rachel Hayes continues a series of interventions in the Benenson Center, where art is inserted into areas not typically conceived of as exhibition space around the grounds of Art Omi. An alum of Art Omi: Artists, Rachel Hayes has gained recognition for her architectural textile installations for settings including museums, institutions, and retail environments, including a recent collaboration with Missoni. Hayes' fabric structures vibrantly explore painting processes, quilt-making, architectural space, light, and shadow.
Says Hayes: “This piece is based on my color memories of watching sunsets from the porch, and my studio while a resident at Omi. From dark blue to bright orange, slate grey to hot pink, spring yellow to tinges of green—all woven, patch-worked, overlapping, mixing together from dusk to dawn. During the day the colors will changed with the sun, and at night can emit a glow from within. I was happy to see the same title was used in a Hudson river painting, also based on an idealized memory from the past.”
Hayes’ installation-based works have been exhibited extensively at venues like the Sculpture Center in Queens, NY, where she designed a linear corridor of pleather, vinyl, velcro, and wood titled Trans Revelation Celebration. A folded nylon and light-gel installation titled Almost Always was displayed at The Nerman Museum in Overland Park, KS. Hayes is the recipient of the Augustus Saint-Gaudens Memorial Fellowship in Sculpture; a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship in Sculpture; Virginia Commission for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture; and a Charlotte Street Fund Award. Rachel is a recipient of the 2016 Joan Mitchell Foundation Award for Painters and Sculptors. Hayes currently lives in Tulsa, OK where she and her husband Eric Sall are both residents at the Tulsa Artist Fellowship.*