By KENYA KING (Special to the Daily World)
“I never thought I’d end up being an artist,”said Radcliffe Bailey, whose most recent work is being featured at the High Museum of Art through Sept. 11.
“For some strange way, I ended up being an artist. A friend of mine once said I was more like a vessel….in many ways channeling into places that we just don’t think about.”
Bailey’s exhibit, “Memory as Medicine,” surrounds three prolific themes including “Water, Blues and Blood,” symbolizing elements of slavery, music and race, respectively.
“In this exhibition, visitors will discover Radcliffe’s ability to a combine sculpture and painting, two- three-dimensional forms and grand and intimate scales, creating works of art that are rich in textural detail, color and, most importantly, meaning,” said Michael E. Shapiro, the High’s Nancy and Holcombe T. Green, Jr. Director. “The High is pleased to debut this exhibition in Atlanta, underscoring the museum’s continued commitment to celebrating the nationally recognized talents and legacies of our hometown artists.”
Bailey, who grew up in Atlanta, said he crafted his most cherished work through his inspired passion in his DNA and ancestry, which is traced to Mende on his mother’s side.
“I think one of the main reasons I was interested in DNA as an artist – African- American artist, making art, practicing, I knew I understood our history,” Bailey said on June 21 during an interview before the opening of the exhibit. “I knew it left and right, but I was always curious about my own way of incorporating things that are very personal in terms of family, and then also understanding my DNA as an artist. And I didn’t know.
“I know in our history books we would always study art, but we didn’t study all groups of people around the world, so one of the