Bio: Alexander Hayden's work is built from a desire for growth. His works in charcoal and oil analyze the process of managing human experience, the ambiguous and often contradictory thoughts & emotions that come with it, and the balance of emotion and structure. Born in Texas in 1993, Hayden moved to New York City (where he now resides) in 2017 to pursue involvement in the thriving environment of figurative art. Hayden is self taught, preferring to approach education independently through books & the internet. Alexander draws deeply on the events of his personal life as inspiration for his work, lacing the work directly with images and text from his writing and relationships.
Statement: The final goal of my art is to produce a framework for understanding and managing my life. I use the figure to analyze my sliver of reality, and display the development of habits and decisions employed towards the goals of acceptance and growth.
'Intimate' is the most frequent description I hear of my work, and intimacy is absolutely something I strive for. Not just physical closeness, but honesty, the sensation of seeing someone exposed and being exposed yourself. This desire for honesty extends into my use of text in the work. Writing is significant to the way I process things that happen to and around me, so I transfer passages of what I write directly into the work. I use non-standard structure and font style as additional tools of expression. In many areas, I aim to abstract the writing into just the immediate sensation of communication, reducing the letters, words, sentences into simple marks and forms, in the same way a face can be abstracted.
I think it's important to note that the most abundant and consistent emotion in my life is anger. Most of what I do is an act of violence against obstacles (internal and external) to my happiness. So, while the images are gentle, even loving - the motivations, intentions, and designs driving the development of the work are, essentially, a system of redirected aggression. This system forms the structure of my life, it becomes and creates discipline, principle, patience, acceptance, focus.
I frequently allow ambiguous or unclear imagery to show in the work, leaving the visuals open and somewhat unbound by my own specific intentions. My hope is that this will allow the viewer to form their own narrative & relate the work to their own experience.