Tiffany C. Bailey: Pastoral Perspectives
February 3 - March 25, 2017
- Opening Reception: First Friday, February 3rd, 6-9pm
Tiffany C. Bailey received her Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in ceramics from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Clair followed by a Masters of Fine Arts from Arizona State University. She gained international recognition as an artist in residence at the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemet, Hungary, and the Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China. Currently, Bailey is a full-time faculty member and head of the ceramics department at Phoenix College in Phoenix, Arizona, and she maintains her own studio practice in Tempe.
Bailey’s ceramic work is influenced by the study of the shape and surface of the landscape surrounding her childhood home in Southwest Wisconsin. Composed of farmland, pastures, bluffs, and hills, she translates this topography into a personal narrative constructed from slip-cast porcelain elements. The architectural references in her pieces emphasize the importance of place and how it links to her memory and personal experiences. Through use of detailed drawings, maps, and other ceramic surface decoration, she has developed a visual vocabulary of place, that is both intimate and personal.
About her own work, Bailey states, “To create a separation of my intimate emotion from the scenery, I distill the landscape down to basic elements. By doing so, I hope it allows you to more fully connect with the work and suggest the possibility of deeper investigation. Further, it may possibly trigger a personal memory that reconnects you to a distant person or significant place.” Plinth Gallery Curator Jonathan Kaplan suggests, “Her constructions are reduced to simple elements that become her interpretations of landscape. They suggest place, time and context. Experiencing her work, we can relate to a memory or occurrence from our own personal history.”
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