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.