Sam Haynes is a mid-career visual artist based in London, working primarily with sculpture and public art installations. She is interested in the physicality and materiality of forms, and the translation into a more accessible and friendly medium for a wide and diverse audience.
Her abstract, geometric assemblages often incorporate found objects and materials which aim to reference different domestic settings and architectural spaces. This is reflected in the physical and geographical adaptability of Haynes’s practice, in terms of exhibiting and installation.
Haynes has worked in arts facilitation for many years which continues to influence her artistic practice, engaging local, often marginalized communities with her public sculptural installations, which have included commissions for Amnesty International, Public Art Wales, and the deaf-blind charity, Sense. As well as leading Art Council-funded projects she has exhibited interactive sculpture at the Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden, and collaborative, site-specific artwork at the Southbank’s Royal Festival Hall.
As an artist that initially felt isolated and uncomfortably distanced from everyday life working within a studio, I started my practice over twenty-five years ago creating site-specific public art installations, engaging local communities with the belief that art has the power to bridge divides within society. The creative process is still all about making connections for me, within my practice as an artist facilitator, as well as a collaborator and sculptor. Accessibility lies at the heart of my work, incorporating found objects and materials, using low-tech methods of construction to create abstract assemblages that reference domestic and architectural space.
My mixed media work combines a rhythmical, systematic design and geometric structure with softer, flexible elements that take shape more organically. I am led primarily by an intuitive response to these contrasting or opposing materials, leading to often unexpected outcomes. These playful interactions, surprising and yet familiar, seek to create a sense of balance and tension, building dynamic connections between materials and the surrounding space, animated through the use of colour, light, and shadow.
I have been strongly influenced by the artwork of Action Space’s learning disabled artists, Linda Bell and Nnena Kalu. Their abstract, process-led installations show an honest and direct response to materials, free from conventional constrictions; an approach that I seek to mirror within my own sculptural practice.
Photo print on Aluminum dibond
60 x 60
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rubber mat, rubber sheet, reflective tape - photo print on Aluminum Dibond