Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Jessica Bailey | The OG Series
“I call this The OG because The United States of America is the original gangster. These flags represent the terroristic past of this nation, filled with murder, drugs, rape and greed. The American Dream was built on the genocide of an entire race and the enslavement of another. However, the OG used discrepancies and biases in the history textbooks and media to reinforce a false positive image of a free nation.”
Like the "American Dream," from a distance the flags look cohesive and tamed; with a closer look the viewer can see the actually wear and literal tear of the pieces making up the flag. I chose denim, the timeless material of the blue-collar worker, as my medium to illuminate the falsities of the America Dream. The true account
About | Jessica Bailey
Jessica Bailey is a second generation native of Atlanta, Georgia. She has been an artist since the age of three, as evidenced by her original scribble that still hangs in her grandmother's home today. Bailey obtained her primary education in Atlanta private schools and was awarded her college degree from the university of South Carolina; where she studied Visual Communications and Art Studio. During her junior year of college she began producing three-dimensional work out of her makeshift-meter-wide studio. In this challenging space she skillfully constructing 3D flags completely out of denim; choosing the timeless material of blue-collar worker as her medium to illuminate the falsities of the America Dream.
Bailey creates works aimed to contradict the false imagery upon which American society has been built on. Particularly the image of the black woman, who has historically been the most victimized, over sexualized, demoralized, criticized, and mentally crucified by this oppressive system. Jessica is influenced by the overflowing beauty of the black woman's healing. She boldly sculpts and paints black women nude and voluptuous to be worshiped as an art form rather than a sex object. Bailey paints her with bright-saturated colors to provoke a sense of pride for black skin. The natural heart shapes of the female curves are accentuated in her work as an ode to the power of female love. As she expands into wire sculpting these same concepts will continue with a deeper concentration on the journey to self-love. Jessica Bailey evocatively depicts beauty; beauty for its own sake and that born of healing.
I have been an artist since the age of three, as evidenced by the original scribble that still hangs in my grandmother’s home today. After years of art classes and self-exploration I received a bachelors in Visual Communications from the University of South Carolina with an Art Studio minor. By my junior year of college an insistent urge compelled me to create a three-foot wide studio between my bed and the window to fill the ever-present creative voids. In these three feet I ventured into the third dimension of my curiosity becoming a self taught and proclaimed sculptor. I began constructing 3D flags completely out of denim. During that time in my life, the falsities of the American Dream began to reveal themselves from personal experience and academic research.
My works aim to contradict the false imagery upon which today's American society was built on. Particularly the image of the black woman, who has historically been the most victimized, over sexualized, demoralized, criticized, and mentally crucified by this oppressive system. It is in me to create beauty; I see the overflowing beauty in the black woman's healing. I boldly sculpt and paint black women voluptuous and nude to be seen as an art form rather than a sex object. I paint her with bright evocative colors to provoke a sense of pride for black skin. I accentuate the natural heart shapes in her curves as an ode to the power of her love. I am continuing these same concepts as I expand into wire sculpting with a deeper concentration on the journey to self-love.
Exhibitions and Awards:
Scholastic Drawing Award: Silver - 2009
Impress Yourself: Feature Artist - 2013
Woodruff Arts Library permanent collection-2015
Pop Space Gallery Opening: Feature Artist - 2015
Loud Art Show - Feature Artist – 2015
City Beautification project, Fair Street, Atlanta: muralist - 2016
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