Paula Hayes has worked with ephemeral and organic mediums throughout her career. Her current medium is garden making. Hayes makes each garden an individual and unique portrait of her patrons, thus elevating the garden from simply landscaping to a living artistic relationship.
She continues to question the idea of living plants as authored artworks with her new series of glass terrariums. In this body of work plants are literally self-contained in unique hand-blown glass containers. The containers' biomorphic forms project a strong psychological relationship to human form. Roots, plants and objects within the terrarium help shape and contour the vessel, pushing and defining its' form. Working above and below the soil level, Hayes exposes the ever-changing workings of a living system.
Paula Hayes lives and works in New York. She received an MFA from Parsons School of Design, NY and a B.S. from Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY. She has had solo exhibitions at Galerie fur Landchsaftkunst, Hamburg; AC Project Room, NY; Eigen + Art, Berlin; and her work has been featured in ArtForum, Art in America, The New York Times, Interior Design and House & Garden.