Gazing upon Lauren Skelly Bailey’s ceramic works, ribbons of porcelain gather together surrounded by various ceramic surfaces to create a reef environment. In a similar way that one might look across the ocean floor, Lauren navigates new ways of building, swirling, layering, breaking, and re-firing ceramics surfaces in her practice. Similar to the cyclical life of corals, Lauren’s work reuses parts from former sculptures to build bigger formations. These surfaces are paired with more glaze and slip applications to achieve a diversity of textures in her reef works.
Lauren is influenced by the bleaching events taking place in the Great Barrier Reef. Corals in midst of a bleaching event lose their vibrant colors. In Cotton Candy Despair, the colors are in the midst of losing their colors to the warmer temperatures, causing it to fade from pinks, greens and blues to creams and whites.