Donté K. Hayes

Artist Statement

My work is centered on the communal connection of storytelling. The artwork is a narrative of connections or disconnections people have with themselves and the world around them. Each piece of art is linked to each other like a genesis of how one thought or action can create different realities. However, each individual artwork can be taken as a single narrative or as a part of the entire story.

The art is a response to how society shapes identity on the basis of assumptions and accusations. While incorporating pop culture, history, and technology, my art confronts the viewer with issues of imagery, stereotypes, and the social political realities of chasing the American dream.

I desire to engage the viewer in a humorous yet provocative manner. Therefore, the viewer is bringing his or her own interpretations and reflections to the piece of art.