Log in to post comments Degree Seeking MFA Area of Study Studio Email firstname.lastname@example.org Undergraduate Institution The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Undergraduate Degree BFA in Fine Art Masters Institution Eastern Illinois University Masters Degree MA in Studio Art CV CV - 2020.docx Research Detail My art practice is interdisciplinary but I approach making through a lens grounded in a painting and drawing vocabulary. I use a variety of techniques and materials in my practice to create works that focus on formal elements of line, form, gesture, mark making, repetition and color. Discipline, process, and the act of making are all critical components to my practice. Like an athlete I treat the studio as an arena for dedicated practice and I embrace the ritualistic aspects of continuous dialogue with creation. The act of making serves as a way of thinking and exploring. The process of making can be a state that ranges from meditative and repetitive to manic and sporadic. The feeling of openness and expansive space that I experienced growing up in Colorado dramatically affects me to this day and results as an ongoing interest in the idea of space, which manifests in a variety of ways within the work. The accumulation of gesture, form, line and color act as a record of the conscious or unconscious state during the creation process. The final artwork becomes a space, landscape, or psychological record of that process by acting as an accumulated collection of moments over time in which various mental states were translated onto the surface through formal decisions. I use mark making or form as a vehicle to deploy an exploration into an extensive spectrum of material phenomenon. Within my practice there is a conglomeration of influences from a wide array of moments within the complex history of abstraction. I sample various material methodologies, compositional conventions and formal modernist strategies from said influences to reconfigure and remix various modes of making. Biography Chad Hayward was born in New Jersey and then moved to Castle Rock, Colorado with his family at age 7. He attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2017. He then completed his MA in Studio Art at Eastern Illinois University in 2018. Chad will begin as an MFA Candidate in the fall of 2020 at the University of Georgia.