Made in large vessels, Dunham brings together material compositions and supports them as they change forms. Dunham embraces the poetry of her materials list, letting them harmonize and dematerialize, forming space for gentle reception. Substances like volcanic water sourced by Dunham and chlorophyll, a material made through photosynthesis, interact over lengths of time in dialog with one another. As the water evaporates from the work and returns to the air, it leaves behind a portrait, continuing the principle of process and experimentation that drives her practice.
Hayden Dunham's interdisciplinary work consists of sprawling assemblages as well as their terrestrial and synthetic byproducts. She creates systems that track and contain energy as it is transferred through various material states, including fluoride silica and volcanic ash. Dunham’s sculptures are also physical ecosystems that both embrace and neutralize environmental toxicity.