Alex Bailey is an MFA alumn (2019) from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) in ceramics. She received her Bachelor’s in studio art from the University of Southern Indiana (USI) in 2014. Her current mixed media work speaks to the notion of trauma as lived experience. Fibers materials engage with the ceramic to represent skin, flesh, and subjective narratives centered around emotional and/or physical vulnerability. Bailey has exhibited in venues across the United States since 2010, including the national juried exhibitions 'Paper & Clay,' juried by Yoomi Nam, 'Functional Relationships,' juried by Mike Jabbur, and 'Conductivity: The Many Faces of Copper in Ceramics,' juried by Dick Lehman. She has also created artwork internationally (residency, British Columbia) and received a public sculpture commission through the USI Foundation in 2019.
Additionally, Bailey has a strong interest in museum work involving curatorial engagement, art handling, object research, and exhibitions, after working at the SIUE Museum archive for the entirety of her graduate career. She is also interested in community arts and outreach where she can use her experiences with tactile materials to help individuals of all abilities connect, heal, and create in ways that are both personally and collectively beneficial.