Love: Inward/Outward Mixed Media (Acrylic Paint, Hand-Dyed Cotton, Gold Leaf, Feathers), 4ft x 4ft
2015 Price: NFS/$3,000
I was inspired by the beautiful circular movement of a dancer's flowing skirt, the expression it holds, and the theme of love. Love comes in different colors, shapes, purposes, magnitude, and impact. It’s a lifelong movement of experiences, growth, and perspective; beginning inward with ourselves as the root.
About The Artist
Artist Statement This piece was created from a number of inspirations. It began with research inside Rio Carnaval. It really gave me the behind the scenes look at the process of Carnaval for different communities; from the competitiveness and finance stress to the designing of floats, props, costumes, and coming up with a theme. The process is what intrigued me. My theme is love. Love has a story. It comes in different colors, purposes, magnitude, and impact. It's the relationship we have with our friends, family, artistry, significant other, complete strangers or something as simple as the nature that surrounds us. It's a lifelong journey of experiences, growth, and perspective; beginning inward with ourselves as the root.
Bio Aliana Grace Bailey was born on December 7th, 1991 in Northwest Washington, D.C., where she was also raised. Always concerned with the feelings and circumstances of others and being involved in the creative process as a child, she graduated with highest honors from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts/Design and a Bachelor of Social Work. Her primary practices include graphic design and the study of color, movement, and texture through abstract and non-representational mixed media, and work featuring commentary on African American culture and feminist studies. Aliana is particularly interested in art and design as it relates to the well-being of individuals, social issues, and societal change.