Grounded in an understanding of making as searching, Bailey Romaine's works are poetic explorations of the margins of space, language, and longing. By closely reading the grammar of the built environment, she seeks out moments of rupture: the way layers of paint on a wall overlap and bleed onto the hinges of a door, the pattern freshly tuck-pointed bricks make against their weathered counterparts, precarious supports at a construction site, ad hoc home repairs and quick fixes, props, supports, patches. These moments serve as jumping off points for her material improvisations, which unfold, expand, and unravel, until finally crystalizing. The resulting sculptures, drawings, and texts exist in a generative liminal state, caught between the longing for a nameable identity and the desire to continue moving towards new, as yet unthought forms.
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