Creative explorations:Sam Haynes

Sam Haynes is a London-based artist that has twenty years public arts experience, working in partnership with organisations, arts professionals and fabricators to create temporary and permanent installations.

“Objects based arts “ have an aura of charm around it.

Very often the public does not understand it and often risks being underestimated.

“Objects based art”, however, has a high level of importance as it helps to question what is the true nature of the work of art: the simplification of production procedures, the subtraction of importance of the formal and stylistic qualities of the works and helps, with a bit of commitment, to the enhancement of the actual idea.

Sam Haynes is a London-based artist that has twenty years public arts experience, working in partnership with organisations, arts professionals and fabricators to create temporary and permanent installations.

We asked her some questions about her life and her projects to understand more about the creativity of her art.

We decided to interview her to understand more of the thinking of those who make” Objects based art”.

Editor: Hi Sam!First of all we wanted to thank you for agreeing to cooperate with us.

Sam Haynes: Many thanks for getting in contact with me about featuring my artwork in your new online magazine.

Editor: Do you remember when you realised you wanted to be an artist?

Sam Haynes: I think maybe the first moment that you feel passionate and excited about making art is when you begin to dream of a creative future. I remember photographing some brightly painted drift wood against a rocky beach when I was about sixteen and feeling that excitement, to be doing something that felt slightly ridiculous but refreshingly different. Being an artist is just a way of figuring out how to be different.

Editor:Can you talk about your aesthetic?

Sam Haynes:Simple geometry has always resonated with me and I find that repeated elements create a rhythm that breathes life into form. I love the challenge of elevating the everyday object, bringing contrasting materials together to create unexpected dynamic connections. Empty space is as important as filling space and stripping away inessential detail is key. I like to think that I have a playful aesthetic that is very human … welcoming, sometimes humorous with an honest depth of feeling.

Editor:Whats your story? Where are you from?

Sam Haynes:In the mid 90’s I started using found and ready-made objects to make temporary, site specific public art, commissioning other artists and organising events. I moved to London and was awarded a large scale commission, working alongside specialist metalwork fabricators. A series of permanent commissions followed across the UK, many engaging local communities in the development of designs. I increasingly wanted more freedom to plan and manage my own projects so started to fundraise, working in collaboration with other creative professionals, bringing different communities together. Temporary installations provided more flexibility and the work often focused on the experiences of marginalised groups within society.

Alongside my engagement practice, I was keen to develop new, more immediate ways of making art independently, combining hard edged and softer materials. When lockdown came upon us and all my projects were cancelled, it seemed like a timely opportunity to focus on this method of approach.  Working from my home studio, using materials found around my house and the local area, I began to photograph abstract assemblages finding a new voice that could reflect my journey as an artist and my vision of the future.

Editor:20 years of experience in the artistic field are many: Where do you get the inspiration to create your works?

Sam Haynes :Having been a workshop facilitator for many years, being resourceful and inventive when it comes to materials, is very natural to me.  Accessibility lies at the heart of my work, creating assemblages doesn’t require expensive materials and equipment, anyone has the ability to bring different materials together and make some art magic.

I have collaborated with many artists who have inspired me but my work with some of Action Space’s artists (, especially Nnena Kalu and Linda Bell, who both have a learning disability, has made me appreciate the value of communicating through a physical and playful relationship to materials. The process is everything to these artists, no ego or self imposed ambitions, just the honest joy of making art.

Editor:what should we expect from your artistic work for the future? What are your projects?

Sam Haynes:I print images of my artwork onto aluminium for display but am also interested in creating site specific gallery installations, using found objects and materials to bring together both aspects of my working practice. I enjoy playing with scale and moving between 2D and 3D formats and hope to have the opportunity to explore this further in the coming months.

I feel very fortunate to be able to make art, especially at a time when so many people are struggling to survive. It’s important to hold onto your dreams because out of the toughest of times, art always has the power to surprise and uplift you.





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