Artist: Bailey Francis
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi Gallery
About the Artist:
Bailey Francis is a BFA graduate in the program of wood. She is a woodworker, a mother, a designer and a provider. She is interested in the 20th century gender roles, family and the skilled labor that created the Studio Craft movement. She sees herself as a contemporary woodworker, making every piece of her work as a piece of her self and her identity.
All the art pieces are made wood and are either out of Black Walnut or Olive and Peruvian Walnut. 3/4 have very solid, smooth and straight pieces of wood. The color is brown, tan, and a redish brown. It looks like a tree stump in the coloring. The size is not very big and not small which makes the art pieces perfect to be used in everyday life
Bailey Francis got her ideas from the design of the Studio Craft movement and her role models Sam Maloof and George Nakashima. Bailey tries to replica Sam and Geaorge’s work but instead of just masculinity she implies both masculinity and femininity. She thinks of her work as a hybrid for both.
I liked Bailey Francis exhibit because it was different then the others and nobody seem to take interest in it. I liked her work of the Bench because it looks like a bone is in the middle of it. I liked the she put the two concepts of masculinity and femininty together and created a gender neutral form of art that can not be classified as male work nor female work.