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Artist Statement

One of the most powerful things about art is how its impact changes based on the viewer. Individuals bring their own lives, experiences, associations, and knowledge with them when they approach art; because of this, art exists differently for each person who encounters it and can be something completely different from what the artist originally intended for it.

 

My work seeks to present human experiences as a visual narrative. The art which I create functions as a visual diary, documenting my personal emotional experiences using mark, form, and color. I use realistically rendered objects, spaces, and figures, combined with visceral colors and abstract marks, to tell my stories. These stories range from personal dealings with stress and anxiety, to the shifting reality of an evolving relationship. I utilize a variety of drawing and painting media. In choosing the media I use, I build off a foundation of the psychology of color and line and emotion, but allow those colors and marks to change in response to what resonates personally for the work.

 

By creating this work, I search for new ways to represent visceral experience, relying on my personal associations with color, mark, and composition, rather than traditional symbols. By practicing in this manner, the work is genuine to myself and is able to exist completely separate from my experiences at the same time. It lives as my interpretation, but is available for the viewer to bring their own experience and knowledge and life to it. My hope is that my work presents a raw experience, one which visually entices and viscerally engages.

About the Artist:

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Rachael Bailey recently moved to Athens, Ohio from New Albany, IN. She graduated from Indiana University Southeast with BFAs in Drawing and in Painting, as well as an Art History Minor. She works with mixed media to make pieces which bring realism and abstract methods together to create a visceral experience, exploring her personal experiences and visually representing the emotions which accompany them. She has shown multiple times in solo exhibitions, two person exhibitions, and juried and group exhibitions. Her work has received awards in several juried shows, she has been granted a research fellowship to pursue her work with, and has presented her work and artistic concepts on numerous occasions, both to the academic world and the broader public. She has also taught classes and workshops, both in the academia fields and community art centers.