Trent Davis Bailey

Trent Davis Bailey (b. 1985, Denver, Colorado) is an artist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Bailey received his MFA from the California College of the Arts, and his BFA in Photography and BA in Art History from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is the recipient of the 2015 Snider Prize from the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Illinois. Bailey’s work has been exhibited extensively in California and Colorado, including at the David Brower Center in Berkeley, Southern Exposure in San Francisco, and the Colorado Photographic Arts Center in Denver, among others. This spring he was an artist-in-residence at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado. He is represented by Robert Koch Gallery in San Francisco, California.

Izzi and Cece, Hotchkiss, Colorado, 2014

Izzi and Cece, Hotchkiss, Colorado, 2014

Carrots, Paonia, Colorado, 2015

Carrots, Paonia, Colorado, 2015

The North Fork
2012-2016 (Ongoing)

The North Fork is a long-term body of work exploring memory, community, and kinship in an agricultural valley in the artist’s home state of Colorado. When Bailey was seven years old, his father brought him to the North Fork for the first time. His aunt, his uncle, and their seven kids lived there in a large rectangular army tent assembled at the base of a mountain. Their backyard had three ponds and a garden where they grew their own food. “Beyond that,” Bailey says, “was a dense forest of juniper trees where I imagined coyotes, black bears, and mountain lions lurked.”

Bailey envied his cousins’ freedoms and he marveled at the diverse scenery surrounding them. “Their world was so open and exposed,” he says. “It seemed as if they were on a never-ending adventure that was both exciting and terrifying.” Unbeknownst to Bailey, his father and his uncle were having personal disputes, which led to a falling out. With broken family ties, Bailey never went back to the valley as a boy, but his memories of it remained.

Almost 20 years later, he returned to the North Fork. Photography has since been a way for Bailey to piece together a map of his experience of the valley’s landscape and inhabitants—paralleling his own complicated terrain of memory and family.

Scrim, Paonia, Colorado, 2014

Scrim, Paonia, Colorado, 2014

Sunflowers, Hotchkiss, Colorado, 2015

Sunflowers, Hotchkiss, Colorado, 2015

Roundabout, Hotchkiss, Colorado, 2013

Roundabout, Hotchkiss, Colorado, 2013

Bill, Hotchkiss, Colorado, 2012

Bill, Hotchkiss, Colorado, 2012

Spelt, Hotchkiss, Colorado, 2012

Spelt, Hotchkiss, Colorado, 2012

Karen, Hotchkiss, Colorado, 2014

Karen, Hotchkiss, Colorado, 2014

Matt, Hotchkiss, Colorado, 2014

Matt, Hotchkiss, Colorado, 2014

Black Canyon, Crawford, Colorado, 2015

Black Canyon, Crawford, Colorado, 2015

Angela, Lost Lake, Colorado, 2015

Angela, Lost Lake, Colorado, 2015

Tarp, Paonia, Colorado, 2015

Tarp, Paonia, Colorado, 2015

Compost, Paonia, Colorado, 2015

Compost, Paonia, Colorado, 2015

Skye, Paonia, Colorado, 2015

Skye, Paonia, Colorado, 2015

To see more of Trent’s work, check out his website.



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