Closing reception for the work of Shawna Hayes, Alex Van der Hoeven and Emily Graves.
How we present ourselves publicly is often so different than our true identities. We experience personal and emotional crises internally, while carrying on with our daily business. We remain in our shells, because to be honest is to be vulnerable.
Emily Graves draws materials and inspiration from her surroundings. From everyday experiences, to deep existential crisis, her work explores the ongoing search for identity in a hyper-stimulating world.
Alex Van der Hoeven depicts unapologetic eroticism and grotesque beauty. Their genderless, unfettered human forms are both flawless and unfinished, exhilarated and exhausted.
Shawna Hays uses clay and Raku firing processes to embrace unpredictability, and finds beauty in the unplanned. Her organic forms represent her inconsistent attempts at opening up, and learning to let go.
These three artists give visual representation to radical vulnerability.