Paula Hayes

Paula Hayes was born in 1958 in Concord, Massachusetts. She received a B.S. from Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, and, in 1989, a Master of Fine Art, Sculpture, from the Parsons School of Design, New York. To help support her graduate studies in the late 1980s, Hayes merged her art with a gardening business in New York City. Since then, Paula Hayes has worked with ephemeral and organic mediums throughout her career. Her current medium is garden making. She continues to question the idea of living plants as authored artworks with her series of glass terrariums. In this body of work, plants are literally self-contained in unique hand-blown glass containers, whose biomorphic forms project a strong psychological relationship with the human form. Roots, plants and objects within the terrarium help shape and contour the vessel, pushing and defining its form. Working above and below the soil level, Hayes exposes the ever-changing workings of a living system. Paula Hayes today lives and works in New York and has exhibitions all around the world including her solo exhibitions at Galerie fur Landchsaftkunst, Hamburg; AC Project Room, NY; and Eigen + Art, Berlin. Her work has been featured in ArtForum, Art in America, The New York Times, Interior Design, and House & Garden.

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