“Don’t try to be original. Be simple. Be good technically, and if there’s something in you, it will come out.” -Henri Matisse

Alexandra Bailliere


Alexandra Bailliere is a Bay Area painter and sculptor. Since 2006, her work has been shown in the Bay Area in places such as the Sanchez Art Center, Root Division, the O’Hanlon Center for the Arts and the Berkeley Art Center. In 2016, Bailliere was named as a graduate fellowship finalist at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California.

Bailliere earned her MFA from Mills College in Oakland, California and her BA in French and Art History from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.

Artist's Statement

With this body of work, I conducted a number of experiments to push the limits of hydrocal, manipulating the material in an attempt to control and freeze its movement. This work is monochromatic in order to create abstract compositions entirely from form, light and shadow. Whether by making casts of actual objects or by creating abstract distillations of these observations, I consider the reciprocal relationship between presence and absence, and how something can be more palpably present in its absence. My use of hydrocal stems from a desire to transform a fleeting moment into something tangible, effectively arresting time.