Today we have a follow up chat with artist Gordon Hayward and he showcases his latest work.
Tell us about your latest creations?
My latest work consists of 20 hybrid creatures, sculpted out of earthenware clay and mixed medium. These sculptures are all mounted on wooden stands. This collection is a light-hearted satire on human and animal behavior which plays on similarities that blur the differences between the two. For example the vulture hybrid can be interpreted as a depiction of humans who become very interested in family affairs when death is looming. It is said: “They act like vultures.” This is sad given that vultures play a crucial role in our ecosystem and yet this comparison is made which belittles them to make our own ill-fitting behavior acceptable.
What has been the inspiration behind these sculptures?
I have always been fascinated by mythical creatures from different cultures and religions that date back to the beginning of time itself. Although for me, inspiration comes from everything around me. Just working with clay is an inspiration. I am inspired by the manner in which this medium lends itself to energy, shapes, ideas and emotions which finally gives birth to creatures that existed only within the boundaries of my imagination.
How long did it take you to complete these sculptures?
Approximately 4 months on a part time basis.
Where can our readers view or purchase your work?
These works can be viewed and purchased on my website at: http://www.gordonhaywardart.com
I’m currently organizing a venue to exhibit these works as well. Readers can also subscribe to my mailing list for further information regarding the venue and dates or like my Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/Gordonhaywardart
What advice would you give to creatives looking to do what you do?
I always believe: lots and lots of perseverance and a passion for life and beauty since this is the food for one’s creative soul. It is imperative to have a constant desire to challenge one’s self emotionally and spiritually and to not be afraid to push the boundaries in seeking to express artistic views and ideals. Most importantly, never hide who you really are. Be proud of everything that makes you unique and use these qualities to shine. You will never fully be appreciated by other if you are not honest and open with yourself. To quote Shakespeare: “To thine own self be true and it must follow as the night and day. Thou canst not then be false to any man”