Erica Bailey is a Bronx-based visual artist. Originally from a small-town, working-class family in Ohio, she earned her BFA from The Ohio State University in 2003 and her MFA from the University of Cincinnati in 2007. She has created several large-scale installations at Ohio institutions, most notably Telescoping House in 2010 for the UnMuseum of the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center. She moved to New York in 2012 after accepting a position with The City College of New York, where she manages the sculpture facilities and teaches one class a semester. In 2015, she was included in the exhibition Bronx Calling: The Third AIM Biennial at the Bronx Museum of the Arts and had a solo exhibition, Its memory, the memory of its ribs, its knees, its shoulders, at Smack Mellon in Brooklyn. She was a resident of the inaugural BronxArtSpace Summer Residency in 2017 and is presently participating in the LES Studio Program, a program of Artists Alliance, Inc.
In her installations Erica Bailey exploits the visual and imaginative experience of diorama, often alongside the physical experience of an existing or custom built space. The dioramas represent vernacular architecture and are often paired with video to suggest or expand the environs of each. Through the use of diorama she positions, side-by-side, spaces that are disparate in terms of time and location, grouping them to articulate similarities and differences. Emptied of all contents that might suggest occupancy, they are pure instances of space, uncluttered by the quotidian and suggestive of the transitory nature of existence. They subvert expectations—their time, location, and sometimes even their spatial orientation is confused, fluid. In them and through their creation, she explores the strangeness of being and its inescapable entanglement with time and space.