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Artist Xenobia Bailey

Xenobia Bailey

Philadelphia, PA, USA


Xenobia Bailey Seattle born; Harlem, NY /Philadelphia based artist/designer/SuperNaturalist/cultural activist/Revivalist/Cultural Memory Worker Xenobia Bailey received her undergraduate degree in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. Exhibitions: Studio Museum in Harlem, Harlem, NY; Northwest African American Museum, Seattle Washington; Museum of Art and Design, NYC, NY; The Brooklyn Museum; Bronx Museum, Bronx, New York; Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Ma; Society for Contemporary Crafts Pittsburgh, Pa; Allen Town Textile Museum, Allentown, PA; Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio; Sheldon Museum of Art: Lincoln, NE, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles: San Jose, CA; The Sharjah Art Foundation: Sharjah, UAE. Primary Fiber Art Project; PARADISE UNDER RECONSTRUCTION IN THE AESTHETIC OF FUNK: 1999 – present: Designing Dreams out of Nightmares. A crochet and domestic textile research and development practice, studying the Black Power Counter Culture Fiber Arts & Crafts movement Bailey experienced in the 1960’s and 70’s and the African DNA inheritance in the African American Homemaker/Caregiver/Domestic Worker ( The artist’s mother ) who ignited a frequency of everyday ‘Black Joy”, into environments, creating models of how to bring value to the undervalued discards, by remixing found objects into wonders to have and behold and cherished in a graciously meek home, ( an early historical African American folkway,) while resisting generational affliction and oppression. Mission; To aid in building global cultural equity bridges for the creative and disadvantaged residents in economic and socially challenged black communities, designs addressing the needs of the traumatized African American nervous system with inherent resources to heal itself through uplifting authentic self-expression, while embracing the animated principals of the aesthetic of Funk. This “FUNKTIONAL DESIGN” practice is an artist self-imposed empowerment for Post Traumatic Enslavement Syndrome (PTES) condition. A customized Mental health therapy art and design practice for the outcasted Supernatural Black Bohemians Community. The artist has conducted “FUNKTIONAL DESIGN” Workshops for under served communities of color for CreativeTime in NYC, NY, Black Radical Brooklyn, NYC, NY; SITE SANTA FE, Santa Fe, New Mexico; A BLADE OF GRASS Fellowship NYC: CONFERENCE KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dillard University, Ray Charles African American Material Culture Department Inaugural Conference GRANTS: Anonymous Was a Woman, Pollock Krashner, Nancy Graves Foundation, NYC, NY, Creative Capital, NYC, NY; Tiffany Foundation, NYC, NY; New York Foundation for the Arts; Joan Mitchell; A Blade of Grass Fellowship. PERMANENT COLLECTIONS: Shomburg Library, Harlem, New York, Museum of Art and Design, NY, NY, Allentown Textile Museum, Pittsburg, Pa, Sheldon Museum of Art, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, NE, Fuller Craft Museum, Boston, MA, American Embassy in Ghana, Accra, Ghana; PERMANENT PUBLIC ARTWORK: MTA Transit, NYC #7 subway train, Hudson Yards 3 mosaics; Martin Luther King Memorial Library, Washington DC, Grand Reading Room; Coney Island, Brooklyn New York, Redesigned Pedestrian Walkway. FYI: The intensity of colors of the actual prints will be different from the image viewed on a digital screen.

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