Stephen Hayes – Girl Cotton
Dimensions: 21 x 18″ finished size
Medium: cotton, hydrostone, resin
Stephen Hayes creates works that cut straight to the heart of the American history of power and subjugation. His works are not only masterfully sculpted, but their conceptual clarity allows the viewer to walk in the shoes of Hayes, his ancestors, and all those who have had to confront social ills and rise above them. Hayes often uses materials that seem to contain the memory, sweat, and struggle of the subjects he depicts. Here, his use of cotton as a material and a memory makes the work’s impact immediate.
Kehinde Wiley awarded Stephen Hayes a Black Rock Residency, to travel to Senegal and create artwork in 2023. There is no doubt that his emergence on the international contemporary art scene with the Kehinde Wiley residency and his poignant traveling museum exhibition Cash Crop will make Stephen Hayes artworks among the most eagerly collected in 2023.