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I am an interdisciplinary artist that works within several mediums such as sculpture, drawing, painting, ceramics, fibers, and printmaking. I use a variety of techniques and materials in my practice to create works that focus on formal elements of line, form, gesture, mark making, repetition and color. Discipline, process, and the act of making are all critical for me and results as the central component to my practice. I treat the studio as an arena for dedicated practice and expression. The process of making can be a state that ranges from meditative and repetitive to manic and sporadic. The feeling of openness and expansive space that I experienced growing up in Colorado dramatically affects me to this day and results as an ongoing interest in the idea of space, which manifests in a variety of ways within the work. The accumulation of gesture, form, line and color act as a record of the conscious or unconscious state during the making process.
The final artwork becomes a space, landscape, or psychological record of that process by acting as an accumulated collection of moments over time in which various mental states were translated onto the surface through formal decisions. I use mark making or form as a vehicle to deploy an exploration into an extensive spectrum of material phenomenon. Within my practice there is a conglomeration of influences from a wide array of moments within the complex history of abstraction. I sample various material methodologies, compositional conventions and formal modernist strategies from said influences to reconfigure and remix various modes of making. In my current body of work, I aim to question, dispute boundaries, play within the formal qualities and tensions in work that straddles the line between two-dimensional and three-dimensional.
Chad Hayward was born in New Jersey and then moved to Castle Rock, Colorado with his family at age 7. He attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2017. He completed his MA in Studio Art at Eastern Illinois University in 2018. Chad now lives and works in the Atlanta area.