Stephen Hayes – 5 Lbs. Series IV


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Artwork Description

Stephen Hayes – 5 Lbs. Series IV

Dimensions: 24″- $10,000, 21″- $7500, 18″- $5500, 15″- $4500, 12″- $3500, 10″- $3000, 6″- $900
Year: 2022
Medium: five pounds of shell casings and hydrostone, mixed media

Stephen L. Hayes, Jr. makes art—woodcuts, sculptures, installations small and large—from found materials that draw on social and economic themes ingrained in the history of America and African-Americans. His approach is simple: “If I can’t find it, I’ll make it. If I can’t make it, I’ll find it.” He went to North Carolina Central University, aiming to transfer to North Carolina State University to study mechanical engineering. Instead, through a friend, he discovered graphic design. His new major led to a ceramics course, where his enthusiasm and skill led to being allowed as much time as he wanted on the wheel. He threw enough pots to develop a strong portfolio, leading to a residency at the acclaimed New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Hayes earned an MFA in sculpture at Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta. “5 Lbs. Series IV” is a part of his thesis exhibition, Cash Crop, which has been traveling and exhibiting for nearly a decade.

Frequently in his work, Hayes uses three symbols: a pawn, a corn, and a horse to explore America’s use (or misuse) of Black bodies, Black minds, and Black labor. Artists, he believes, are as much translators as they are creators.