HALEY WILEY (b. 1981, USA)
B.F.A. Architectural Design, Parsons The New School for Design (2007)
12-year transplant to Brooklyn, NY from Vevay, IN
ABOUT THE WORK
Reflecting on passage, memory and matter, obscurity, and resurgence, studying the tactile qualities of materials, utilitarian and non-utilitarian forms, as well as the complex language of such mediums are an ongoing interest. Working in various mediums, from charcoal to acrylic to cement, themes of exploration include vulnerability and strength, and permanence and impermanence.
Haley is a 12-year Brooklyn transplant, originally from Vevay, Indiana. Recalling a memory of watching concrete being cast in place at her residence at the age of two, it is natural that these mediums and methods of working with them would be a point of departure for creative works later in life. Constructing a 16’ x 6’ x 4' concrete pool for a rainwater harvest system at a local community garden in Brooklyn was the first experience working hands-on with the material.
Resurface began through the observation of textural surfaces as well as the beauty of the weathering that occurs over time.
These nonfigurative works are also inspired from a formed process within the tendencies of the human psyche, a transference from the subconscious state to the conscious state,
and an uncovering of events. The Freudian thought of events which take place "below the surface" (considered as the unconscious state),
suppressed emotions can be awakened, past memories become revealed, and this once concealed layer is brought forth into consciousness.
These are the things that are personal to us, expose a vulnerability, and make us human.
Preliminary works have started with a methodology in establishing a set of parameters: a monochromatic palette, investigating
texture and its tactility through the application of thin coatings, and the activity of peeling back of the surface.
Done at a particular time during the drying process, and through the use of a sharp edge
to reveal the layer below, the finished, visible brushstroke that results disappears as the viewer moves his/her position in front of the canvas.