Works by NCCU alumnus Stephen Hayes. Hayes, whose sculpture, Cash Crop, was shown at the museum in 2011, used miscellaneous objects ordinarily considered worthless to develop his thought-provoking exhibit in which he asks viewers to reconsider their beliefs and venture into varying aspects of human exploitation.
Through meticulous craftsmanship and the repetitive use of corn, pawn chess pieces and horses, Stephen evokes an ideology that has shaped American society - and the challenges it imposes. His work is a symbolic conversation about race relations in America, both in the past and present. Hayes also delves into the subject of corporate identity and commodification of the human body, particularly the African-American body.
Hayes, a Durham native, received his Bachelor of Arts degree from North Carolina Central University in 2006 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in 2010. He has participated in residencies at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y., and the 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia, S.C.