Bailey Pillow: Salacious
I grew up in a tattoo parlor that quite literally had the words no children allowed plastered on the front door. My sense of play and childish discovery was spent alongside adult themes. Throughout our young lives, we are confronted with concepts that seem otherworldly, due to the fact that they were not intended for children. My work looks at theses salacious themes through the eyes of a child as they discover the grittier parts of life that children are often sheltered from. My art takes a surreal, fable-like approach to this content. These sculptures are a vehicle for me to talk about my experiences growing up in an adult world, and the innocence that is lost as we grow older.

Throughout history, particularly pre-Columbian Mythology, animals were frequent actors in creation myths and heroic epics, which were often depicted through clay. The work that I create consists of tridimensional animal stirrup pots that emphasize a surrealist approach. The use of the stirrup handle/spout connects these vessels to historic items of ritual, but does not provide a specific function. I do not intend for these items to be used as pouring vessels, rather, sculptural objects that reference history and ritual.The plumes of smoke often seen in my work reference traditional Japanese cloud tattoos. I employ this motif to symbolize elevated ideas and transience.

Inspiration also comes from late renaissance Vanitas paintings, which lead the viewer to consider their own mortality through symbols of death and transience. The characters I am creating often have no eyes, and therefore no soul, putting them outside the realm of realism. I am interested in creating work that is absurd, playful, and gritty, while remaining inviting to the viewer. This work emphasizes the ephemeral experience of our childhood selves and intends to serve as a reconnection to that curiosity.
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