Lawrence James Bailey (b.1976) grew up in the post-industrial ruins of 1980's Britain before studying Fine Art at the Hull School of Art and later at De Ateliers in Amsterdam. His interest in geography, history, theatrical set design, suburban life, religious cults, protest movements and folklore serve as points of reference in his work. Peoples relationship with the landscape form a backbone to this work - in particular how individuals use their surrounding environment for hidden, subversive or introverted acts.
"I'm always fascinated in marginalised landscapes and no-mans-lands; areas on the edge of cities which are normally banished from our sense of what is pastoral or romantic. I depict these bastard spaces as being in flux, unstable, uncertain and mysterious, just like the people who thrive there. I use textile as it's a material which can be stretched, torn, folded, cut and fused together... therefore mirroring the transient nature of the land around us and the earth under our feet. Textiles are also an art form which fluctuate between being a two-dimensional pictorial space and being a three-dimensional object. They can also be utilitarian or totally useless".
Lawrence currently lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.