With this work Angela takes inspiration from her inner-city doorstep. She explores the tension between the constrained and the ephemeral, the permanent and the passing. The work represents rigid and formal buildings and laneways with controlled architectonic forms, with straight edge, planar surfaces, and angled perspectives. Expressive brush stokes loaded with glaze and washes capture the transient rhythms of life and movement across this cityscape – the shifting shadows, the reflections in panes of glass, the comings and goings through opening and closing doorways. In this composition an abstracted scene depicting the drama between control and the fleeting is played out.
Angela Hayes’ ceramic sculptures originate from the study of the classic pouring vessel. The lip, the body, the foot, and the handle are evolved into contemporary forms which depart from the functional constraints of the vessel and become instead, a receptacle for her artist’s voice.