Singles sheets of imaged glass bound in an accordion style using an adaptation of wire-edge binding displayed on an imaged sheet of plate glass. The images are drawn from 17th Century Alchemical engravings, the text from a Rainer Maria Rilke poem:
One moment your life is a stone in you, and the next, a star.
Housed in a custom wood box.
Stone to Star
etched glass, aluminum, pigment, thread
24 x 10 x 16 (with stands)
These pieces are from a series of books made from broken sheets of clear, single strength glass. The spine edge is smooth, with holes drilled, and the pages are bound with an across the spine, single sheet coptic sewing. Kichanein is from a Greek word meaning to reach or attain.
imaged sheet glass, thread
opens to 15 x 9 x ¾
Melon Persicum is based on a dream I had about eating a peach.
etched plate glass, steel, aluminum, pigment
38x 28 x 22
9th Key is from the Symballein series. In use the Greek verb symballein suggested a gathering together, a hiding, or a veiling. This piece uses imagery from the 9th Key of Basil Valentine. Valentine was Benedictine monk who for his achievements in the chemical sphere has been given the title of Father of Modern Chemistry, This imagery is paired with writings transcribed with an alphabet I devised based on a hybridization of three alchemical alphabets.
Alicia Bailey is a studio artist working across multiple disciplines. She has focused on book arts and assemblage since the mid-nineties, producing artists’ books, sculptural books and limited edition books. Alicia’s work embraces a wide variety of methods and materials. It has been featured in dozens of solo and group exhibits throughout the world and is held in numerous public, private and special collections.