artist statement and bio

In my work, I reinterpret common objects that often function as cultural signifiers or indicators, reflecting associations concerning class structures and social status (the silver spoon, the chandelier).  Through processes of hybridization, reconfiguration, and material juxtapositions I undermine these assumptions in order to create forms that are both evocative and multivalent. 

Haley Bates received her Master of Fine Arts Degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, MI in 2002.  In 2003, she accepted a position as head of the Metalsmithing and Jewelry program at Colorado State University, where she is currently an Associate Professor of Art.  She is also a founding member of Telegraph Art Collective.  Having lived in both extremely rural and highly urban areas, this polarity of place informs much of her work.  Her work has been published in American Craft and Metalsmith magazine, and exhibited both nationally and internationally.