This ceramic object was handmade by Donté Hayes in 2019. Influenced by hip-hop, history, and science fiction, this work explores Afrofuturism—a projected vision of an imagined future that critiques the historical and cultural events of the African Diaspora and the distinct black experience of the Middle Passage while also exploring deeper social issues that broaden the conversation between all of humanity. This piece is a one-of-a-kind.
Born in Baltimore, Donté K Hayes is a ceramic artist who graduated summa cum laude from Kennesaw State University with a BFA in Ceramics and Printmaking with a minor in Art History. He is the 2016 recipient of a Kennesaw State University travel scholarship for the study of stone lithography at the Taller Experimental de Grafica in Havana and the 2019 recipient of the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art. Currently, Hayes is a second year MFA candidate in Dimensional Studies in Ceramics at the University of Iowa.