Pictured: an untitled work from the Blooop Series by Alina Hayes.

On View:May 14–August 21, 2022
Member Preview:May 13, 2022, 2–4 PM
Reception:May 14, 2022, 4–6 PM
Virtual Artist Talk:June 23, 2022, 11 AM–12 PM

Artist Statement

In my studio practice, the work moves between form and function as I think about fluidity of materials, process and time. Drawing on parallels between the unpredictability of the ceramic process and the shortcomings I often feel as an immigrant, woman, wife, mother and educator. Obsessed with succeeding, becoming something of value and the connectedness as I sit and shape intricate clay objects.

Refining fragile forms, resilient to time and change in hopes that the biomorphic exterior will forge a relationship with the viewer and prevent them from being discarded as remnants of their maker.

Keeping these thoughts in check, I walk into the studio and make. Pushing my work in many directions, using and exploring materials I wouldn’t have otherwise. The Blooop series emerged as I regained control by making joyful objects full of childlike wonder. With feeling of play, without judgment, the work is loud, unapologetic; mine. 

Alina Hayes

About the Artist

Born in Ukraine, Alina Hayes grew up in New York City, New York. The daughter of a jeweler and a musician, and the granddaughter of a potter and a surgeon, Hayes views hand-work as a part of her heritage. She began her studies at the School of Visual Arts before relocating to Los Angeles in 2005, where she completed both her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts (emphasis in Ceramics) degrees at California State University, Northridge. Hayes currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at Ventura Community College.

Learn more about Hayes on her website and follow her on Instagram.

This exhibition is funded in part by The LA County Department of Arts & Culture.

All works untitled, part of the Blooop Series. Images courtesy of the artist.

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