Due to COVID 19 gallery hours are by appointment only.
The Gallery at Praxis Fiber Workshop is pleased to present a solo exhibition of paintings and hand-painted textiles by 2019-2020 Emerging Artist Fellow Lucy Bailey. The show will open with a virtual opening reception via Zoom on Friday, August 7, from 6-7:30PM, and will be viewable by appointment through August 30th.
Bailey’s background as a painter underscores her approach to using dye paint on cotton and silk fabrics. Sweeping gestures and blooming patches form dynamic colorscapes across which delicate rivulets of contrasting tones run.
The artist writes:
“Within myself is a constant battle of emotions which art helps me to define and accept. I use a wide variety of media to create my work including painting, fabric dye, digital assemblage, and photography. My art is abstract and involves layering vibrant colors and expressionistic marks. I look to intertwine joyfulness with something darker, elements that exist alongside each other in an ordinary day. I am confronting undesirable feelings we all experience at one time or another as well as joy which takes me out of myself in unexpected ways.
I chose the title Daylily because, like a daylily, I want my work to express a moment of beauty, this flash of bright color in the midst of settings which can induce anxiety: poking through guardrails on freeways, planted outside Big Box stores; growing abandoned in a world of asphalt. The goal of my work is to have the viewer experience this mix of emotions which can amplify each other. Like a daylily, I want to evoke the feeling of hopefulness blooming out of an overwhelming and troubled world.”
The Zoom link to the opening reception as well as instructions to book an appointment can be found on Praxis’s Facebook event page.
The Praxis Emerging Artist Fellowship began in 2015 as a means to honor the organization’s partnership with the Cleveland Institute of Art by supporting recent graduates of Northeast Ohio universities who are committed to pursuing studio practice. Now in its fifth iteration, the Fellowship has supported one emerging artist each year with full access to Praxis’s fiber facilities, as well as classes, workshops, and individual instruction from the Praxis staff. Each Fellowship culminates in a solo exhibition in the Praxis Gallery. Praxis is currently accepting applications for the 2020-2021 Fellowship. For information and directions on how to apply, visit https://praxisfiberworkshop.com/emerging-artist-fellowship/. The deadline is August 15, 2020.