Lauren Skelly Bailey

My work explores methods of making assemblage sculptures, conglomerations, installations, and figurines. I consider myself as an explorer, seeking new ways of layering, swirling, forcing, bending, breaking and reusing surfaces. A conversation between elements of nature emerges from her practice: flora, fauna, rocks, and the tooled objects made by man are called to mind. In combining them, I forge a new perspective of these elements.
There’s that sensation of falling for process, the chase of finding the unexpected and learning how it occurs. From that knowledge I attain, I make intentional decisions regarding textural surfaces, glazes, slips and clay applications, truly changing the context of the piece from a study to a solution. I respond to changes and observe balance in my work, seeking to push an uneasy tension between materials and form.

My focus has shifted from experiments in the kiln to replicate surfaces I’ve come across to bringing attention to textures found in endangered coral environments. Within the last five years more bleaching events have taken place in the Great Barrier Reef than in past years, due to global warming. This phenomenon takes place in stages from vibrant colored coral, progressively to neon, and then white flakey corals. This drastic change has inspired a series of works exploring neon colors as a warning signs for what is to come of corals.

All photo credit goes to Michael James Bailey.