Self Expressionist

Hayden Holmes


Artist Statement: I have always had a morbid fascination with the concept of self – self worth, self loathing, self expression. Both in my life and my art, I have aimed to explore how my idea of self has grown and been shaped by my life experience. I have documented my stages of self from infancy, through puberty, the isolation and loss of the pandemic, and my entry into adulthood. In harmony with the materials and techniques introduced to me by my furthering education, which in a way represent myself at this time, I am reintroducing media and motifs from my childhood. I have combined traditional jewelry materials like metal, less conventional ones like fabric, embroidery, and paint, and youthfully eccentric ones like paper clips, uncooked pasta, and pom poms. With these, I am creating works that I would argue to be, in one way or another, a body of self portraits.

Materials: brass, embroidery floss, high purity cotton, steel wire

Dimensions: 2.5 x 3.5 x1 inches

Educational Institution: Pratt Munson


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