Tree Nymph-Hayes Dobbins
This stunning ceramic piece is made from wild clay and is approximately 6"x5"x4.5". Orignially featured in Hayes's solo show Preparing to Soar. To learn more about Hayes's inspiration, please visit www.kentuck.org/post/hayes-dobbins
I am an artist originally from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, working out of a
community studio of the Kentuck Red Dog Potters. I studied art at the
University of Montevallo and earned a BFA concentrating in ceramic
sculpture. My work is inspired by my walks in the woods where I
envision figures emerging from the trees. My dresses mingle vines,
branches, and tree textures which shows the human relationship with
nature. My mixed media winged figures are emerging and
metamorphosing from elements of trees, spreading their wings and
taking flight. My sculptures are mostly self-portraits representing the
struggles and triumphs over our human condition. I use wild, naturally
occurring clay that I harvest from the creek and riverbanks. Processing
it myself, I feel a closer connection to mother earth which is grounding.
My process uses the five elements: earth, fire, water, air, and spirit.