In Hayes Greenwood’s recent work, ancient archeological artifacts curiously anthropomorphic in form, or familiar twentieth century artworks are resurrected and filtered through the contemporary lens of a distinctively restless making process. Here, the museological or ‘dug-up thing’ is remodeled, painted and restaged before being photographed and then meticulously described as a drawing or in paint.
Each of Hayes Greenwood’s works is clearly indebted to the specific properties of the unique archeological, historical or psychological object, but they are also driven by a need for rearticulation, a radical reframing within her own particular visual language. Ultimately, Hayes Greenwood’s distinctively quirky artworks translate something discovered into something owned. This expanding body of work is both strangely seductive and delightfully repellant, and coaxes what was once distant, hidden or lost, unnervingly into the present.
- Tom Groves
Jane Hayes Greenwood is a co-founder and Director of Block 336, a large artist-run project space and studio provider in Brixton, South London. Working with a team of artists, all of which have studios that are set alongside the central gallery space, Block 336 has held nine exhibitions to date since opening in March 2012. Block 336 is a space which foregrounds emerging practices within a supportive and critical context, free from the constraints of the commercial market.