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Stephen Hayes
North Carolina

Artist Statement Submitted 2017

As a creator, my initial goal is to engage my audience. I enjoy collecting found objects in order to create compelling compositions. These foundational interests originated in my childhood, when my mother would bring home old mechanical parts from work, encouraging me to get creative with them. That sparked my creativity and was the catalyst for my art making practices.

My current creative practice centers on my adaptation to found objects and learning from the interaction between myself, and the nature of the object. From the relationship I develop with the various found objects that I incorporate into my work, comes the intense need to conceptualize the produced artwork. My work fuses the past and the present, generally based on sociocultural and economic themes in American history: capitalism, commodification of beings and the subsequent brainwashing effects. The emphasis on recurring imagery create a thread between individual pieces in my repertoire.

www.stephenhayescreations.com

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