Kenneth Hayden Artist artworks for sale
Artist: Kenneth Hayden
Live in: Louisville, KY, United States
Artworks for sale: 25.00
Kenneth Hayden Artist Bio:
Kenneth Hayden’s (1958, United States) art works contest the division between the realm of memory and the realm of experience. "Much of my recent work has been inspired by direct observations of a lotus pond located in Louisville, Kentucky's Chickasaw Park which was designed in 1923 by the renowned landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted. Olmsted saw parks as places of harmony and sought through his work to improve American society. His vision was 'that the sense of calmness that would come from the park by his separation of the different landscape themes and conflicting uses.' Chickasaw Park is located in Louisville's West End, an area with a high African American population. Through a governmental resolution passed in 1924 Chickasaw and a few other small parks in Louisville were deemed "black-only" while making the larger parks in the city "white-only". Though the parks system was desegregated in 1955, much of the isolation remains. A visual wonder in the summer months, the lotus pond is vibrant with hundreds of fragrant blooms inviting meditation and calmness. Yet, it is rarely visited, or even known, by those outside the immediate neighborhoods. The water is dirty and the surroundings are littered with casually discarded bottles, cans and other debris. I employ dissolution of imagery, contradictory technical methods and juxtapose unpredictable subjects to comment on personal conflict, misunderstanding, reinterpretation of religion and history, and our willingness to manipulate facts in an effort to seek answers we desire as opposed to truths. By emphasizing aesthetics, I formalize the coincidental and emphasize the conscious process of composition that is behind the seemingly random works."