At his current High Museum exhibition, “Memory as Medicine,” Bailey features 37 works, ranging in scale from the heroic to the intimate. The works include installations, paintings, sculptures, mixed media, photos on metal and works on paper. Bailey uses a variety of forms, including sound, to explore memory and identity, partly through his African-American history. He uses his archive of ancestral photographs as collage materials in several of the works in the exhibition. Bailey’s recent work particularly references slavery, the Underground Railroad and the vision of Marcus Garvey. His work makes vital connections between art and life, people and the land, ancestors and their descendants. “Growing up, I spent a lot of time with my grandparents and great-grandparents,” Bailey says, “and I feel like that’s lost in most families today. In my art I try to restore some of the lost kinship between people.”
Born in 1968 in New Jersey, Bailey now lives and works in Atlanta. He earned a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Atlanta College of Art in 1991. His work is in numerous permanent collections, including the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institution.