Jodi Hays: All Together

Released Tuesday, April 24, 2012

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All Together, by Jodi Hays.
15% of the sale of this print goes to the Blood:Water Mission.

Jodi Hays is an artist who studied Foundations at School of Visual Arts and graduated from the University of Tennessee School of Art with a BFA in Drawing. She pursued studio and curatorial projects in Boston where she lived, then earned her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Art. She has been a resident at the Cooper Union School of Art and the Vermont Studio Center. She has exhibited her work at venues including the Brooks Museum of Art (Memphis, TN) and Boston Center for the Arts. Public collections include the J. Crew Company, National Parks of America and Gordon College (Wenham, MA). Publications include Ruminate Magazine, and Studio Visit Magazine.  Her work can be viewed through Gallery ELL (Brooklyn) and The Drawing Center (NYC). She is the 2011-12 recipient of the Individual Artist Fellowship from the Tennessee Arts Commission.

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About the print:
I made this two color screen print‚ All Together‚ as part of a larger series of work leveraging landscape as a metaphor for social relationships. This work is inspired by the work of Blood:Water Mission, an organization that champions a life of a global community, bringing fresh water wells and clean blood to African villages. The rock/iceberg-like islands seem to be tied together, a metaphor for the need for both local and global relationship.

This is a two-color gocco screenprint on Strathmore Bristol Vellum. Each print was signed and numbered by the artist. Learn more here.


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Why did you choose to pair the Blood:Water Mission with your print?
I am so glad to have paired with Blood:Water Mission because of their commitment to hope and action- to make our world better through their work to build fresh water wells and provide clean blood to villages in Africa, and because they are literally my neighbors in East Nashville.

What is inspiring you these days?
I saw a Louise Bourgeois exhibition this summer at Cheim and Read in Chelsea. It was a show of her fabric works which were so exquisite without being too precious. Here is a blog post on the work here from New American Painting. In terms of studio interests, I have been collecting images of huge construction projects (the fences, cranes, piles of lumber, piles of trash).

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Who are some artists you think people should know about?
These are some of my favorites of late: Christine Hiebert, Kirsten Nash, and Jered Sprecher.

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