Bailis uses different strategies to isolate filmic and pop cultural moments. With Ain't Got No/I Got, she focuses on people and characters (Nina Simone, Roy Orbison, Genesis Breyer POrridge, and the daughter in the film Killer of Sheep), who have invented themselves, using objects (wigs, masks, accessories, adornments) as tools of concealment, transformation, and empowerment.
Leah Bailis was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She studied Film at Bard College and Studio Art at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She currently lives and works in Philadelphia.