North Carolina born, Stephen Hayes was raised to the idea that anything is possible; if you dream it you can do it. In 2006 he earned his BFA in Visual Communication from North Carolina Central University. After attending North Carolina Central University in 2007 Stephen received a full summer scholarship to New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Following his studies at Alfred University. In 2008 Stephen began a Masters Of Fine Art at Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, and received his MFA, May 2010. After SCAD, Stephen began teaching on a college level, and attending a number of residencies, while touring his exhibitions. Currently Stephen is touring his MFA thesis exhibit Cash Crop and adding new elements to the exhibition each stop. In addition to that Stephen, is currently touring new exhibitions and working to create his new work and commissions.
As a creator my goal at first thought is to wow my audience. I enjoy collecting objects create interesting and amazing compositions. This goes back to my childhood, when my mom would bring old machines home from work and allow me to make things with them. That’s what started me making art, started creating. As a creator my favorite process is adapting to material and learning new process. I use materials that are at my disposal and combined the skills that I learned over the years to create my art. Not only do I strive to create something that will be visually stimulating the work must have a meaning. With my art I like to take a subject from the past and compare it to the present. The subjects my artwork revolves around brainwashing, capitalism, and commodity. Throughout my work you will see a horse, corn, or a pawn. The horse imagery comes from the ideology if the Willie Lynch letter, “How to Make a Slave” in that letter the breaking of a slave was compared to the breaking of a horse. I see this in the media where people are being broken mentally to want to buy materialistic things. Corn is a G.M.O (genetically modified organism) and the corn that I use is made of the broke slave ship plan. I use the corn to ask, how are as people G.M.Os? I use the pawn because I feel that some people in the media are pawns, they are put here to attract people as a form of brainwashing.
Hayes created two original pieces for the newly redesigned lobby at CBC’s headquarters. “Planet CBC” and “Orbital Frequency” were installed in 2019. “Planet CBC” is created from materials found at various CBC divisions, detritus from seasons past. He used everything from baseball bats found at the Durham Bulls to a broken Emmy award statuette and much more. The finished piece is mixed media, mother board, metal, wood, resin and paint. Hayes found miles of discarded cables at the CBC Transmitter site that he used to created “Orbital Frequency,” which hangs from the ceiling of the lobby.
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