Clinton Hayden’s studio-based multidisciplinary practice uses photography, objects and installation methods to investigate ideas of desire, intimacy and longing. Through the careful, poetic combination of photography and artist-made objects, Hayden works with the understanding of the photograph both as image and object - A duality Susan Sontag once described as 'a pseudo presence and token of absence'. Knowing that these states are tied to notions of melancholy and mortality, Hayden builds immersive and haptic sites for the exploration of love and longing, subject and object, lover and other.
Clinton HAYDEN (b. 1978, Orange, AUS) obtained a MFA with Distinction from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology School of Art in 2011, and a BFA from the Australian National University School of Art in 2002. Hayden's first solo 'Objects for Rebels and Lovers' with Beers London in 2015 was given top five shows to see in May from London Time Out and Whitechappel Gallery. He exhibits work frequently and has shown in London, Melbourne, New York and Reykjavik. Notable group shows include 'The Gravity of Form' at Beers London in 2013 and 'Mistaken Identities' at Modern Art Oxford in 2012. His published work includes the series ‘Hunting’ for Excerpt Magazine #4 2012, and the self published artist book ‘fugue’ in 2013. Hayden is held in private collections in Melbourne, London and New York