The Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art recently released a new exhibit on October 8, titled “The Joy Fields”.
The work came to life thanks to Auburn alumnus Whitney Wood Bailey, who graduated in 2005. She currently lives in Brooklyn and has received numerous awards over the years, including the AT&T Audience Award at the Brooklyn Arts Festival. (2012), Grant Recipient and Finalist for Forward Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award (2010) and the New Artist Initiative Award at the Hambidge Center (2009).
Cindi Malinick, director and chief curator of the museum, said the theme of the museum this year is “juxtaposition”.
“The exhibition program has been categorized with a range of artistic voices and periods presented – from Roman Baroque works to the best of American craftsmanship,” said Malinick.
With this year ending within the next few months, Malinick said the museum is comparing and contrasting the works of two contemporary artists: Whitney Wood Bailey and Anila Quayyum Agha.
“While Agha creates using light and shadow in a three-dimensional work, Wood Bailey paints masterfully with a vibrant color palette,” said Malinick.
Bailey’s vibrant color palette is on display in the Joy Fields exhibit, which will be on display until January 2.
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“This exhibition is special because not only does the survey showcase recent work, but the artist is an alumnus whose work is collected and exhibited nationally and internationally,” said Malinick.
Malinick and Bailey worked together on the content of this exhibit. However, the name comes from Bailey herself.
“Wood Bailey began producing this work following a difficult diagnosis,” said Malinick. “She found she was intolerant of all components of her painting process, most foods and environments.”
Malinick said Baliey told her the diagnosis put her in a dark place until she found a solution.
“She [Baliey] researched the extraordinary science of neuroplasticity and was able to return to painting and other activities by “rewiring” the body-mind connection, “Malinick said.” In her words, she encountered “a new kind of joy, one that is not dependent on the circumstances of life.
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