JODI HAYS The Red Arrow Gallery Website CV
Nashville, TN | Painting, Mixed Media, Drawing
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.
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.