Paula Hayes, “Crash Site,” 2013.
Electronic curiosities and transistors, crystals, gems, pulverized CD, pulverized metallic dust, ceramic dust, recycled mirror, glass microspheres, earth pigments in a silicone matrix within a hand blown glass sphere. #bestmixedmediaever (at Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, La Jolla)
Paula Hayes is a visual artist and landscape designer who is known for her biomorphic terrariums and other living artworks that function as sculptures in gallery environments. Each terrarium features a hand blown glass vessel—organic and bulbous in shape—filled with a variety of plant life and crystals, all of which are unique. Hayes aims to connect people to the environment, and, indeed, the work requires sustained care from the owner in order to stay alive. While Hayes is best known for her green terrariums, Crash Site 2 is part of a new body of work that expands Hayes’s pool of materials to include a surprising array, from crystals to pulverized CDs, ceramic dust to transistors, and glass microspheres to earth pigments—sparking a new facet of her practice. Hayes has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York and Lever House, New York, and been featured in group shows across the United States and throughout Europe.