On today's Five Alive, where we ask people we admire five questions about their creative lives, we are happy to be featuring Megan Hays. She is a New York City-based artist working primarily in painting and sculpture. Her work explores themes of vulnerability and isolation, manifesting in unbalanced forms, matte surfaces and textures in subtle, ethereal pastel colors.
You can see her work in Brooklyn on March 6th at the exhibition, Subtle Approach, at BAC Gallery, curated by Courtney Wendroff, and at the Whitney Houston Biennial, curated by Christine Finley, a one-night show opening March 9th from 4pm – 8pm. She will be in residence at the Vermont Studio Center in April 2014.
What is your favorite art making tool?
Water, rocks, sketchbook.
Water: I use mostly water-based materials for my work. Plaster and gouache. Water helps me reveal layers in paintings. Water takes plaster from an insubstantial material to a substantial material.
Rocks: I got a bag of cheap faux rose quartz at a Michael’s last time I was in LA. I fell so completely in love them. I used them in a piece called Space Cream Tower. I’ve been using raw rose quartz and crystal in a line of jewelry I’ve been working on. I’ve been noticing and have been inspired by rocks recently. They can be hilarious. They are used really absurdly in suburban landscaping, as in you’ll see a big boulder at the entrance to an office complex parking lot. Also, I am on a first name basis with some boulders that an ice-age glacier left in Central Park.
Sketchbook: Have to have it or nothing would ever get done. My sketchbook is small and mostly text. Lists of ideas and observations that I need to keep track of for work trajectory maintenance.
What music/band/artist are you listening to the most right now?
Welcome to Night Vale – not music, a podcast – it just rings all my bells.
Where do you go for peace and quiet?
A 6:00 am run around the Jackie O Reservoir loop, Central Park.
Where is your next dream travel destination?
Take me to the desert.
Is there a color or palette that you are drawn to?
The very palest tints of pistachio ice cream, strawberry marshmallows, lemonade, ash and bruises.