Dena Haden

Odd rush becomes calm, as I tear away the layer of dead skin; the momentary parting of the illusion before you find yourself forgotten and in need of exposing again the raw, the living.

I am exploring the natural cycle of something coming into form, living, ever-changing and malleable, and the residue it leaves in passing.

Within this body of work, I use materials such as wax, pigment, fabric and wood. These pieces are an investigation of how physical
properties function and react together. Yet at the same time, the work resembles the inert physical reactions inside our bodies, the way they heal themselves and what that healing might produce in terms of visual evidence.

For me, art making is a process of surfacing rhythmic energies inside one's body. Searching through sound, movement, material, and my own state of awareness, I make these areas tangible.