“My sculptures and culinary installations—they’re seductive ideas and something you want to participate in—but they’re difficult spaces to inhabit.” –Hugh Hayden
When I first met Hugh, I was putting on my jacket to leave. I was uncomfortable and upset. As I walked by him, he looked me straight in the eye and asked me what my experience of his artwork was like.
In the hustle and bustle of New York City, the earnestness of that question and the conversation that ensued has stayed with me ever since. I knew Hugh would be thoughtful and eloquent when speaking about his relationship to food and cooking, especially since those themes are such an integral part of his art practice. Hugh’s art makes me process and think—about society, environment, race, class, and in his own words, “the idea of the unattainable American Dream.”