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By CHRISTIANA BIRCH
Bailey is a Brooklyn-based painter. She is originally from Baltimore, Maryland. Her paintings focus on identity, specifically the idea of blackness. That topic is molded in Bailey's hands and and translated through her paintings. These can be seen as meditations on her own insecurities about being black.
"My creative process is pretty slow and introspective. I like to focus in on what is happening to me on a personal and intimate level. Once I figure out what specific part of myself I want to attack and dive deeper into, at that time, I just go in and create"
Who are you?
My name is Bailey Pace, and I am a twenty-one-year old painter from Baltimore, Maryland.
What drew you to this art form?
In the sixth grade, I began to have a serious focus on photography. It became my dream to reach the point in photography where I could make a living off of my photos. I went off to college and made the decision to major in art with photography as my focus. It wasn't until I had to take a painting class that I really realized how much I enjoyed it. [Since then, I’ve] learned not to limit my ability [to] a specific art form and now I am invested in painting.
What inspired this character—the recurrent face— in your paintings?
My work is an ode to my deep-seated insecurities that I had growing up as a kid. My paintings [were] not intentionally meant to send a message to my audience. [It wasn’t] until I [explained] the meaning behind my work that I realized that a majority of my audience can relate to me.
What are some limitations to your work?
The limitation I feel I have when it comes to my work is that I have the tendency to become meticulous with [the] way that I execute the product of my paintings. I have made it a mission of mine to attempt to create a more fluid style of work.
How would you say your identity is shown through your work?
...My work [reflects] the fact that without trying, I tend to be vulnerable. The only reason I was not hesitant to paint how I feel is because I have no problem tapping into a sector of vulnerability.