Asia Youngs-Bailey is an interdisciplinary and socially engaged artist working primarily in photography, videography, and sculpture. Her contemporary style gains inspiration from artists such as Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Kara Walker, and Rene Pena. Common themes depicted in her work often include the intersectionalities and personal histories within the Black Diaspora, while driven to find a way to create an inclusive atmosphere for Black history and culture.
Although born and raised in Houston, TX, Asia Youngs-Bailey currently lives and practices in Dallas-Fort Worth, TX where she is pursuing a B.F.A. in Studio Art with a concentration in Photography and a minor in Anthropology from the University of North Texas. Her recent projects and research focuses on the visibility of systemic oppression, dismantling racism, and advocacy within equity and access for historically marginalized communities. Asia Youngs-Bailey has co-curated a show at the Contemporary Arts Museum and her work has been featured in exhibitions in institutions such as the African American Museum of Dallas, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and various galleries across the state of Texas.
As an artist, I focus on my identity - heritage, ancestry, appearance, and mental health. Throughout my research and practice, I look deeply at the black community's past, present, and future while driven to find a way to create an inclusive atmosphere for Black culture.
My passion for research, to reflect, and to present my artwork stems from the lack of "fine art" represented within my inner-city community and the feeble information provided about Black history from the schools that I attended. Throughout the years, I have learned to examine and navigate these circumstances, and both elevate and bring attention to the issues I had to - and continue to - overcome as a Black woman.
I create conceptual, ethically evaluative, and socially engaged work to educate and spread awareness to my viewers through mediums such as photography, videography, sculpture, mark-making, and book art. The awareness and education are presented purposely for viewers who may not identify with the marginalized communities or histories that I research and present. Meant to provoke emotion, I encourage curiosity in order to start the viewer's journey to be an active and empathetic human being. My work is both about progressing and processing the knowledge of my cultural heritage, personal histories, and self.