Artist, Hayley Tomlinson‘s installation at the Galleries at Moore for the Senior Show was grand in every way from concept to execution to presentation. The artist made a splash with her needle point award ribbons in the Philadelphia art blogs last year, her use of an old fashioned technology like crochet or needlepoint mashed into modern social networking is an on point comment on how information spreads. The information stored in knitting is powerful; fabric is a metaphor for storing information. Scan the QRCode in one of her fabric iPads and it will take you to her website. Hayley Tomlinson‘s senior thesis from Moore College of Art & Design, her degree is 3D Fine Arts, also takes on the fame side of art with an homage to Jeff Koons and the information stored in balloon dogs.
“My paper is about artists that I envy and who I want to be like one day. But, I’m also kind of jealous because of the money that they have and I really want to be rich and famous.”
Hayley Tomlinson graduated magna cum laude and already has a job as a graphic designer in Philadelphia. She told DoN, “Now that I have this full time job I can find a way to support my separate art career. So, I guess we’ll see, I’m moving to a new place, starting a new job, I need to organize myself and figure out what I want to make. I won the Blick Art Award so I want to go to Blick Art Materials and buy a lot of markers and paper and draw things and see where that takes me.”
“I made the bunny as the poor man’s Jeff Koons, it’s stuffed and I made it myself and I can’t pay other people to make it for me. So it’s stuff that’s very soft, I put it on cement blocks because I can’t have a concrete pedestal like Jeff Koons can. The iPads I made are also about envy, it’s more focussed on things I have a love/hate relationship with and that like, ‘I hate myself for loving these things’. So, I’m going to keep working with those ideas that I make.”
“I’ve got a degree, I’ve got a job, I’ve got ideas in my head, so, it will be good.”
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