• Betsy

    oil, spray paint and acrylic on canvas
    72" x 60"  |  2019

  • Blue Room

    oil and ink on canvas over panel
    16" x 12"  |  2019

  • Corner

    oil and acrylic on sewn canvas over panel
    16" x 12"  |  2019

  • Edge

    oil on found fabric over panel
    16" x 12"  |  2019

  • Footnotes

    oil, acrylic and spray paint on canvas
    96" x 74"  |  2019

  • Hem

    ink, oil and spray paint on canvas over panel
    16" x 12"  |  2019

  • Seer

    oil and acrylic on canvas
    72" x 60"  |  2019

  • Heaven

    oil, acrylic and spray paint on canvas
    96" x 74"  |  2019

  • Brief

    oil on found fabric over panel
    16" x 12"  |  2017

JODI HAYS The Red Arrow Gallery Website CV

Nashville, TN | Painting, Mixed Media, Drawing
Bio:

Jodi Hays (b. 1976, Hot Springs National Park, AR) is a painter whose work is influenced by an architecture and vernacular of the rural. She has exhibited her work at galleries and museums across the United States including Corcoran Gallery of Art, Brooks Museum of Art, Wiregrass Museum of Art, Cooper Union and Boston Center for the Arts. She is a recipient of several awards including from the Sustainable Arts Foundation and the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation.

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Statement:

Painting is an investment in constraint, in a similar way that architecture bends and works within our complex landscapes and cultural matrix. My work is an eclectic “abstraction” drawn from soundbites, pattern and the built environment/grid. This composite of influences on the work becomes an account of events and spaces, the painting serving as a surrogate souvenir.

For years my work has been a negotiation of restraint and abandon. Through my work I address the nature of representation through process (surface, space, color, gesture) and image (grid related to landscape, screens, flags), usually parallel to titles. The paintings become ways I demarcate physical and psychological borders, though yielding to the painting’s own internal logic. They are mis-steps, try-outs, attempts, and repairs. The repairs end of being much more satisfying than perfection--the aesthetics of the broke-down.

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