This new work by Rachel Hayes continues a new series of interventions in the Café Omi dining space, where art is put into areas not typically conceived of as exhibition spaces on the Omi grounds. An alum of Art Omi: Artists, Rachel Hayes has created architectural textile installations in various settings including museums, institutions, and retail environments (including a recent collaboration with Missoni). Hayes' fabric structures that vibrantly explore painting processes, quilt making, architectural space, light, and shadow. A striking example of the balance Hayes achieves is Not Fade Away, a “sensuous and experiential” atrium-filling installation at the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, VA. Like many of her colorful patchwork installations, this piece allowed Hayes to explore her “fascination with processes and materials based in craft and design to create an abstract composition that embraces the language of painting while interacting with space in a sculptural manner.”
Hayes’ installation-based works have been exhibited extensively at venues like the Sculpture Center in Queens, NY, where she designed a linear corridor of pleather, vinyl, velcro, and wood titled Trans Revelation Celebration. A folded nylon and light-gel installation titled Almost Always was displayed at The Nerman Museum in Overland Park, KS. Hayes is the recipient of the Augustus Saint-Gaudens Memorial Fellowship in Sculpture; a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship in Sculpture; Virginia Commission for the Arts Fellowship in Sculpture; and a Charlotte Street Fund Award. Rachel is a recipient of the 2016 Joan Mitchell Foundation Award for Painters and Sculptors. Hayes currently lives in Tulsa, OK where she and her husband Eric Sall are both residents at the Tulsa Artist Fellowship.