Hayden Dunham brings a background in environmental studies and a lifelong interest in our geological surroundings to her sculpture practice that investigates the relationship between the architecture of the human body and the chemical matter with which it interacts. It is an intellectual pursuit to which Dunham thinks a studio practice is most aligned. “I became interested in object making the moment I realized that art had the ability to change how people feel about a subject,” says Dunham. Indeed, environmental and ecological conversations can be quite polarizing. And so, for her part, Dunham, who splits her time between Brooklyn and Los Angeles, tends to take on multi-year projects that slowly confront this moment of collision between a material and a body and the succeeding consequences of those interactions.