Bailey produces a wide range of mixed-media works including two-dimensional collaged paintings, sculptures, and installations. His work is often made from found materials and personal objects from his past, including traditional African sculpture, tintypes of his family members, piano keys, and symbolic items including keys and pouches. For his exhibition, Bailey addresses his family’s history in Virginia, and the history of the Underground Railroad in the state’s Great Dismal Swamp. Bailey's work in included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri; the Denver Art Museum, Colorado; and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia among many others.
The Great Dismal Swamp is funded in part by ArtsFairfax, Reston Community Center, and Reston Town Center Association.
All images courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery.