Chalice Bartsch-Bailley (Florida, b.1990) is currently enrolled at the School of Art Institute of Chicago. She received a BFA in painting, winter 2015 from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA. Bartsch-Bailley has exhibited her works in multiple juried exhibitions including Small Works, Gutstein Gallery, Savannah, GA, the Sensory Showcase in Miami, FL at the LMNT Gallery, and the Figure Show at Gallery Twenty Two Charlotte, NC as well as the Evendale Photography, Evendale Cultural Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH. Bartsch-Bailley has recently become the owner and director of Unorthodox Studios located in Charlotte, NC.
My work has often focused on human psychology. Specifically what makes humans tick, what allows themselves to make which rationalizations and why. A grand majority of my family suffers from some variation of addiction. Even though addiction is struggle for the victim, personally watching loved ones experience this endeavor is terrifying and heartbreaking. Seeing how little they think of themselves and how little they love themselves is a constant battle. Their inner monster that gives them permission to take another drink, another hit, another roll of the dice just takes over; and leaves the person an empty vessel. It has been a struggle to wrap my head around this thought process. In the end, my answer for these times came through the therapeutic movement of painting. As humans we can repurpose our pain in a way that enhances the rawness of what real art is: drama.
My most developed work is abstract paintings with a wet on wet pouring technique. I layer enamel with acrylic paint mixed with either hot or cold water, and then drip gauche to create a steady outline of the organic shapes created. The chemical reaction from the paint is how the composition achieves depth, movement, texture, and form. Before, it was important for me that chance, paint, and gravity created the work. At first, I decided to let the paint speak for itself. With daily necessities of life, it was therapeutic to relax and not be in control of my creative aspect of life.
Currently, my work involves more movement from myself rather than letting gravity take over the composition. After adding a layer of resin on top of a previous abstract pour painting, I then make reactive gestures with a pallet knife or brush. With adding more layers of resin in between each step, the viewer is literally able to see the work from multiple angles to see the entire depth of the painting in a three-dimensional format rather than a flat surface. From this process, the newest pieces I use a large spatula and work on a white surface to show only the movement that I create. The pigment has no say in the matter.