about the artist
Becky Bailey is a visual artist based out of New Jersey. She received a B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012 and took courses in textile design from 2015-16. Her textile design work informs her art practice which involves painting, printmaking, and collage. She has completed residencies at The Studios at MASS MoCA as well as ChaShaMa’s ChaNorth artist residency. Becky has shown work in exhibitions across the U.S., including New York, Philadelphia, Nebraska, and Massachusetts.
In a climate where the latest drama, plot twist, or outrage reigns supreme, my work seeks to honor what is real and present in the lives of everyday people drowned out by shouting on the airwaves and forgotten by a government that serves capital over community. I make work that re-envisions and enlivens everyday life, inviting viewers to connect and invest more fully with their day-to-day. From the mundane to the amusing, whether it’s putting in an extra hour of work at home or vomiting after a trip to six flags, all of it can be made compelling with careful attention. With painting and mixed-media collage, I make works that entice the viewer into a new kind of everyday life experience. The space encourages conversations and questions with strange combinations of patterns based on home textiles and figures and scenes found in my own life as well as the lives of strangers. Handmade decorative frames serve to elevate the works to the realm of shrines and altars to everyday life.