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States Pop Quiz #3: Jeanette Hayes

Digital diva Jeanette Hayes presents her take on our Pop Quizzes – in GIF format, natch

As part of our States of Independence summer takeover, 50 American indie icons have volunteered to take the Dazed Pop Quiz; a quick-fire Q&A about what they love and loathe about life in the USA. Check back here every day for more from the series. 

You've really gotta meet miss American dream since she was 17, Jeanette Hayes. That's a Britney Spears reference, by the way, something most biker jacket-clad downtown artists wouldn't be down with. But the NYC-based artist/digital diva is more of a fluffy pen à la Cher Horowitz, red lipstick kind of gal, and proud of her American roots (particularly when they're bleached). Just check out the continuously buzzed-about artist's Twitter bio for pop culture-friendly proof, where she says it best herself: "people i may remind you of: Ivanka Trump/ Joan Rivers/ Heidi Montag/ Donatella Versace/ Jonbenet Ramsey/ Tamar Braxton/ Jeff Koons". Things started to turn up for the Chicago-born artist (a "painter who relies on the internet," she tells me via email) after her 2012 Hearsay group show alongside Girls' Jemima Kirke and Jay Miriam at the Hole Gallery. Since then, the Pratt Institute graduate's resume has filled up with head-turners, like creating video installations for Alexander Wang and having her first solo show in Rome, in which many pieces looked like blown-up oil painting iPhone home screens (my personal fave piece? 'Is My iPhone Locked?’).

On the day of our God Bless The USA-themed interview, Hayes (“I do happen to consider myself the most American girl in all of America, lol”) had an idea of her own: to answer the questions via GIFs/YouTube vids/memes via email, and requested if I'd leave the punctuation and "lowercase letters and all that" the same, because she "thinks it looks nicer?" Between fanning out over that day's Britney Spears' Instagram video upload (must see) and dreaming about attending Wendy Williams' standup comedy debut in Vegas, I asked Hayes if there was anything else I should include in the intro re: past and present projects. Well, yes: she's currently working on a solo show (YAY), but for the rest, she told me just to "follow ur heart." My heart says a lot, including that Warhol would've loved Hayes, and that she should be the first artist who shows at the Whitney/MoMa/etc and has her own daytime talk-show at the same time. Move over Wendy – can you imagine Jeanette's "Hot Topics"? Koons and Kimye, please.

Which living American do you most admire and why?

Which living American do you most despise and why?

What is your favorite quote about America?

What three words define the States today?

Who gave you your first break? Do you still talk?

it was the twitter bird. we still talk everyday.

When and where are you the most happiest?

What high school clique were you in? Do you stay in touch?

i've had the same best friend since the first day of high school.

What food reminds you of home?

basically any food that has ever been eaten on the Sopranos.

What smell do you associate with the city of your birth?

freezing cold, silent air.

What's the best road trip you've ever been on? 

every 4th of July I go to Chicago and drive an hour away to Indiana for fireworks – it's not a big deal, but the best every time

What would make you leave America forever? 

ew no don't even joke like that

What noise reminds you of the States?

ice cream truck.

What is your favorite American building? 

i have two – the Sears tower in Chicago and 240 Centre Street in NY

Ultimate American film?

Get Rich or Die Tryin', (2005).

Ultimate American song?

Favorite slang phrase? 

"lemme find out"

What is your ultimate American guilty pleasure?


Where in the States would you ride out the apocalypse?

anywhere as long as I'm with my ppl

When was your last run-in with the cops? What happened?

i'm like a model citizen so nothing too exciting. perhaps my last run in with the police was a cop holding the door open for me

If you could change one thing about the US, what would it be?

Which fictional American do you most identify with?

If you could vote for Obama again, would you?

i've never voted don't tell 

If you lost it all tomorrow, what would you do the day after?

lost what?

What will America look like in 2050?

like, basically the same as now

Does the American Dream still exist?

oh yes