Performing the Cynfal 2020 – Maria Hayes

Drawing made in situ of Afon Cynfal
Hayes, Maria: Performing the Cynfal 2020 Photo Credit Maria Hayes
Drawing made in situ of Afon Cynfal
Hayes, Maria: Performing the Cynfal 2020 Photo Credit Maria Hayes

I walked a large roll of paper down to the river, laid it out so I could view the Cynfal on three sides. I drew my observations of the waters movement and responded visually to the sound it made.  

The paper was doused with river water and I used ink, brush, feathers, fleece, earth and moss to make marks with. As I performed I was present throughout – in the moment, moment to moment. The quality of my presence is transmitted to the page.  

The drawing was made in just over 60 minutes, condensed in the film to nearly 8 minutes.  

With permission I have added two music tracks by Ffynnon (http://www.ffynnon.org/), which reference the Welsh landscape. 

Performing the Cynfal 2020 – Maria Hayes

Born, living and working in Wales, Maria Hayes is a Fine Artist with a portfolio career. Her creative practice is central and informs her roles of artist facilitator, trainer, project manager and mentor.  

In 2013 Maria was awarded a PhD in Fine Art from Aberystwyth University. 

Maria Hayes often collaborates with musicians, dancers, and storytellers on performance-based projects. She has shown work extensively since 1986 in solo and group exhibitions, and performs drawing at live events. Maria’s work is in national and international collections, private and public.