This newly commissioned work by Rachel Hayes continues a series of interventions in the Benenson Center, where art is inserted into areas not typically conceived of as exhibition space around the grounds of Art Omi. An alum of Art Omi: Artists, Rachel Hayes has gained recognition for her architectural textile installations for settings including museums, institutions, and retail environments, including a recent collaboration with Missoni. Hayes' fabric structures vibrantly explore painting processes, quilt-making, architectural space, light, and shadow.
Says Hayes: “This piece is based on my color memories of watching sunsets from the porch, and my studio while a resident at Omi. From dark blue to bright orange, slate grey to hot pink, spring yellow to tinges of green—all woven, patch-worked, overlapping, mixing together from dusk to dawn. During the day the colors will changed with the sun, and at night can emit a glow from within. I was happy to see the same title was used in a Hudson river painting, also based on an idealized memory from the past.”