I have first seen the botanic sculptures of New York-based Paula Hayes in the Park Avenue Armory a couple of years ago, and immediately fell in love. An artist-cum-garden-designer, Hayes brings together plants and minerals with such materials as hand-blown glass, silicone, and cast acrylic in her sculptures, making us thinking differently about plant life. Now, her new work is the subject of a show “Paula Hayes: Morning Glory,” at Salon 94 Bowery in New York. Consisted of acrylic light sculptures - unfurling flowers on vines, where each piece hangs at varying heights from hoops and bars, like aerialists caught in flight, Hayes brings a new interpretation to nature with stunning lights. Nature, the most substantial subject that informs Hayes’ work is alluded here to the form and colors of the pieces, and in the heightened sensory environment.
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