Artist Nicola Bailey is based in Cape Town. She began private art tuition in 1997. Since then she has developed a multi-media interdisciplinary practice. She is part of an Art collective started by Rose Shakinovsky and Claire Gavronsky in Florence and in Cape Town. She has had various solo and group exhibitions over the years and has recently exhibited on the Cubicle series at Everard Read Gallery.
My work reflects on the gendered roles of women and often hints at the domestic restraints of my past. Currently, I have been focusing on Companion Species, exploring complex relations of dependency and interdependence. The entangled histories of interspecies relationships provide many possibilities for my work, most importantly the flattening of hierarchies between species. These ideas expand on the concept of decentering in an anthropocentric world and open us up to the responsive capacity of all life on earth. Focusing on my own four-legged companions, I understand that humans are also changed and formed through these relationships. When my beloved companion Bella passed away, I reflected on our last moments together. These were profound. They were filled with reciprocal perception and feeling. The aim of these artworks is to communicate the dual impact relationships like this leave on both companions’ whatever species they might be.