Memory: Something remembered from the past; a recollection
Immortal: living forever
Memories, visions and dreams are a part of the human experience and are kept immortal by writers, film makers and visual artists, alike. Elie Wiesel said, “Without memory there is no culture... there would be no civilization, no society, no future,” yet, with time, memories can fade, become lost, or forgotten. North Carolina-born and Atlanta-based artist Miya Bailey does just this in his new exhibition, Immortal. Created for the Gantt Center, the paintings in this exhibition explore his personal memories of happiness and pain.
Movement, figures and vivid colors are seen throughout Bailey’s work. Each image represents an escape from today’s world into the recollections of the past. Immortal: A New Series by Miya Bailey invites the viewer to relinquish control.
Miya Bailey (b. 1975) was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina. Currently residing in Atlanta, Bailey is an illustrator, film producer, painter, celebrity tattoo artist and founder of City of Ink Tattoo shop. Bailey is passionate about art, family and education. He uses his gifts to extol the importance of the arts in one’s community and to encourage art enthusiasts to support living artists through collecting. In the university’s collection and was also featured in the Bachelor of Fine Arts group exhibition, Calico, in December 2016.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website