Fruit Bowl Held High
This colorful painting symmetrically centers a series of anthropomorphic objects inside a chain border. The artist uses the border as a means of protecting the contents of the painting from escaping this fleeting, magical scene. Hayden arranges her paintings by removing clutter, leaving a full composition where objects float harmoniously in midair without touching each other or the edge of the chain border.
In her work, Hayden reiterates a handful of objects in various sizes, colors and contexts. The artist treats these objects as prized possessions—somewhere between souvenirs and icons. Hayden frequently chooses natural objects she considers to have a mysterious existence—rainbows, colorful fruits, shooting stars, tropical flowers and iridescent butterflies. She often anthropomorphizes these objects with sleepy, anxious or mischievous human faces.
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Rachel Hayden’s paintings seek order in chaos by puzzle-piecing together a handful of objects into balanced and symmetrical compositions. The artist creates full yet uncluttered canvases where figures float harmoniously in midair without touching. Hayden’s work repeatedly depicts different iterations of a small number of natural subjects, such as rainbows and shooting stars—often anthropomorphized with human faces.