Transmutation
Hayden Dunham
Sep8Oct152022

For her second solo exhibition at Company Gallery, Dunham presents an immersive installation of living sculptures which she describes as a “tool kit for a new world”.

Since 2018, Dunham has been working on building a water sanctuary alongside a volcanic strand of 160-degree mineral-rich hot spring water in Southern California. Dunham comes to this interest in water as both alchemist and artist, considering how her work can conceptually, metaphysically and literally uncover hidden material principles. The works on view support water in its four phases - liquid, solid, vapor and semi-liquid. This last phase has only recently been put forth by a group of scientists and the material itself exists in a perpetual state of in-between - not quite solid and not yet liquid. Continuing this research, Dunham has created a new material called H+ which is featured in many of the pieces on view and changes forms through the duration of the exhibition. Like lines in a poem or lyrics in a song, Dunham’s materials fall into place as a mutable arrangement.

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Selected Works

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OPENING OUT: “water spray holiday” (I am porous anything can pass through me),

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AIR FAITH: “touching down” (we are all here with you),

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TRUST: “let her in” (I’ve got you),

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FORGIVENESS: “breaking ground” (you don’t have to live inside decisions you made you can keep going),

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REHEARSAL FOR THE REST OF OUR LIFE IN PURE JOY,

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WINGS: "lighter than ever before" (We are melting down here. Taking on new forms and melting them down. Letting go. Melting down. Letting go. New forms now),

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AGENCY: “I’m the one to make me” (this feeling can transform into something else),

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PEARL UNINSIDES: “wide open” (this material fills your cells up and reminds you to extend behind yourself),

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ACCEPTANCE: “alone in the garden” (I accept you exactly as you are),

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ICE WALL: “sharpness softens in the dark” (the rupture is the opening),

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LIGHTER FLUID,

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TRANSMUTATION,

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UNTITLED (chlorophyll),

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SURRENDER: “get down stay down” (All the tools will melt with water, if they don’t you can break them. If you can’t break them put them in the fire so they can transform. I love you and you are free to go),

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BATTERY (storm),

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BATTERY (lightning),

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Hayden Dunham

BATTERY (wind),

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ANCHOR (blush),

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UNTITLED (chorophyll),

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Hayden Dunham

UNTITLED (chlorophyll),

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Hayden Dunham

UNTITLED (chlorophyll),

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