Erin Hayden

Not Just Another Pretty Face 2019

Program Overview


Erin Hayden

Cake, candied confessions. It’s a level of fascination. Searching for a scroll that meditates more than marginal. Weird is a word that is in constant celebration of an image. Can’t help but reference the symbols sanded in now here noon. Keep it free? You will never understand what blue means!

Working in painting, digital college, video, poetry, performance, and installation, my work reflects the unfiltered ways in which society consumes virtual information. Usually pulling from the vernacular of technology such as desktop images, clip art, memes, cute animals, video games, DIY finger foods, and Pinterest fails, each image chosen acts as a sign for reading or pointing to, invoking a critical relationship with art in the age of internet ubiquity.

By painting on top of printed images, I evoke and question the pervasive glowing squares that typically serve as the output for digital consumption. This back-and-forth play between images generated both digitally and in paint allows each medium to communicate using the language of the other. In combination, these modes of image making require the viewer to slow down their read of the familiar, cute, and kitsch, types of images that we otherwise passively ingest.

For more information or to commission a unique work of art through Not Just Another Pretty Face, contact Maria Nelson at or 773.324.5520 x1014.