Meet Your Representative Jim Hay
“The rich colors of Kabuki Theater and the natural motifs of fine kimonos fuse with a directness and humor that is only American” Jim Hay©MMXI
I live in rural Japan. My studio view of toiling farmers is more reminiscent of the Limbourg Brothers' “Book of Hours” than the 21st century. Life in such a different country helps focus cultural concepts into high contrast: individuality, conformity, happiness, sadness, freedom, frustration, even myth. I cannot know all of the world so I seek within me that which mirrors all.
I am an artist first, a maker of quilts second. Cloth can be folded, stored and shipped. This is an advantage over other sculpture and painting materials. I taught myself how to use a sewing machine and these are my journeys of personal discovery; full of energy, surprise and improvisation. The sewing machine foot pedal is my gas pedal as I race around the cloth, skid around corners, raise dust. Art is my path to awareness and a communication of that awareness to others.
I earned both an M.F.A. and a B.F.A with high honors from Michigan State University. I currently live in Japan. Prior to living in Japan, Hay was Associate Professor and Head of the Sculpture Department at Olivet College, MI. I have traveled across much of North America plus England, France, Italy, Spain, Holland, Belgium, Finland, Estonia, Norway, Korea, Taiwan, Guam, Bali, Vietnam and Tahiti. I have received eight major art awards from recent international competitions and have had exhibitions in Japan, China, Korea, Guam, Taiwan and a USA Solo Traveling Exhibition. Married to Miyuki, I have two daughters, both engineers, and four grandchildren.
Your House Is On Fire
© 2008 Jim Hay
220 cm x 230 cm
87" x 91"