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Hayla Ragland: unholy matrimony
May 1, 2021 - May 27, 2021Free
During her residency, Hayla will explore genealogy, class preservation, the legacy of miscegenation, and the correspondence of race relations with crime, spectacle, and entertainment. Through sculpture, video, and performance, her project will ground itself in the idiom of “unholy matrimony,” and the subtle matriculations of this idea which infers a god-fearing rejection of unequal or unnatural pairings.
Hayla Ragland is a Seattle-based intermedia artist. She received a BFA in Studio Art and a BA in Psychology from University of Kentucky, where she was a John R. Gaines Fellow for the Humanities. The artist’s practice is responsive to her work in social and cognitive psychology, including work at the Markey Cancer Center, the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging and as a caregiver. Her artwork maintains concerns for cognition, behavior, and health, and their interventionary roles in social constructs and racialized histories. Using textile, sculpture, and photography, Ragland constructs motifs of the unsound body, investigating the seat of the grotesque in contemporary visual culture, with respect to race, gender, ability, and mediated conceptions of worth.