Jefferson’s work is informed by the aesthetic qualities of photographs from the turn of the 19th Century. Moreover, his gelatin silver & platinum prints are presented in antique & artist made frames, positioning him as both photographer & craftsman. “When viewing his photographs,” writes collector Robert E. Jackson in the book we have published featuring Hayman’s work, “we are captivated by a sense of stillness & timelessness. Each image, whether depicting something man-made or containing a face, exists as a still life. Flesh is mutely rendered as if the skin of some exotic fruit. Objects take on the somber persona of a timeworn visage.”
This dichotomy of form & figure, of object & face, informs the selection of work Hayman made for the exhibition. While drawing in large part from recent figure & portrait work, the exhibition also includes still life arrangements of skulls & human bones. The pairing is a subtle reminder that what lies beneath the suppleness of the human form is indeed mortally still.