Dedicated to the investigations of clay, Lauren Skelly Bailey explores surface, form, and the layering of histories with her ceramics. She is drawn to controlling the unexpected, and her intentional decision making allows her to develop new facets of her process of creating clay conglomerations. Bailey received her MFA from Rhode Island School of Design with a focus in Ceramics and her BFA and MFA in Studio Arts at Adelphi University. In 2018, Skelly's studio practice traveled to C.R.E.T.A. Italy for a summer residency that involved implanting her coral formations into walls, streets, and buildings in Rome. This project has since evolved into a Coral Drop project, in which Skelly installs her work into the everyday landscape on Long Island and documents the work on social media. Viewers are welcome to take a piece and share it with Skelly, where they have freshly implanted it in their own surroundings.
Skelly has apprenticed internationally and exhibited nationally. In 2018, Skelly showcased her installations, photographs, decorative vessels, and conglomerates in her first solo exhibition at the Museum of Arts & Design (MAD) in New York. At MAD, Skelly used New York City as source material to create a new index of found surfaces. During this exploration, Skelly documented the city texturally in the form of clay installations and sculptural works she created as an artist in residence in MAD’s Artist Studio Program in 2017.
In addition to her studio practice on Long Island, Skelly teaches community art classes & visual art at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY.