Erin Hayden: Ask Questions
This is an invitation.
You are invited to attend an unveiling of sorts.
A one-night happening.
Artist Erin Hayden will be present with us.
Please, consider being here, if only for a moment.
Fins, caves, drawings, recollections, where do secrets go to hide? I want to wonder about mermaids’ missions and gnomes hiding underground. Do salamanders control fire and lightning? What we perceive might not be all that’s there. I’m searching. Maybe fairies will tell us the truth.
Ask Questions is a mobile exhibition concerning the supposed kings and queens of nature. Myth and folklore seem like more appropriate ways of parsing through the unbelievable happenings that we encounter within the news and our day-to-day experiences.
Erin Hayden enters the Confessional to explore hope within the experience of beliefs. Does seeking truth provide relief, and if so, for who? Can truth in imaginaries set us free? Hayden juts text and images together asking differing interpretations to be questioned. Here, together, we perform the things Hayden wishes us to consider. Imagine these secrets shared, if only for a moment.
Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities
School of Art & Design
Urbana Public Arts Program