Susila Bailey-Bond was born in Leeds (1972) to bohemian, peripatetic parents who moved between the Welsh mountains, Suffolk, India and many points in between.
Bailey-Bond’s work emerges between design, sculptural collage, and mixed media canvasses of bold, graphic art which is obscured by the insertion of thousands of tiny clear tubes, it is clear that Susila’s fashion background has informed her practice as a visual artist through the relationship with the flat image and its subsequent translation into three dimensions.
In Bailey-Bond’s paper and aluminium cut works we are presented with a celebration of colour and pattern as decorative repeated forms of butterflies and spots swarm and drip in all directions - forms which have most famously become iconic for artists such as Damien Hirst, indicating a sense of transience and joy. Other motifs are borrowed from nature and icons such as flowers, leaves, and dragonflies all collide and culminate in nests of activity evoking a breezy summers day. Alternatively inspiration has been drawn from aeroplanes or even tattoo’s as artworks created using the same technique offer a bolder, three-dimensional graphic feel.
Patterns and icons are first designed digitally, these are then printed, and cut. Susila then carefully manipulates the individual pieces into three-dimensional artworks using wire, adhesive, silver or gold leaf and, in some cases, Swarovski crystals or buttons. Through her unique process of making, Bailey-Bond employs both technology and handcrafting to create elaborately detailed artwork that is unapologetically joyful.In the remarkable mixed-media tubes series there is an unmistakable kitsch to the bright colours. Here artificial landscapes and scenes are presented - their graphic boldness only revealed when one observes the artwork face-on. When viewing these artworks from other angles a delicate subtlety and softness is apparent, tempting and encouraging us to look closer and drawing us in, toward the piece.
Since being first shown at the Woolff Gallery in 2008 Susila’s work has been widely exhibited at major art fairs in London, Miami, Chicago, New York, and Toronto, her work has also been exhibited in The Netherlands, Belgium, France, and Germany. Tiffany and Co. commissioned three major works for their stores in London’s Bond Street, Seattle and Los Angeles, and luxury brand Davidoff is also a client. Susila’s artwork was included in the book ‘Papercraft II’, published by Gestalten, and has also been featured in numerous online magazines, blogs and reviews. Bailey-Bond’s artwork can be found in private collections internationally.
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