Women’s Work was created with a pinhole camera made from a recipe box and altered cookbooks. This object was chosen to create the pinhole camera because my mother uses the same box for her sewing supplies. I used the pinhole camera to photograph the quilt my maternal grandmother made for me. The overall project consists of image transfers of quilt squares, recipes in my mother and maternal grandmother’s handwriting, and images from the cookbooks themselves. Many of the cookbooks were purchased from second-hand stores, but four of them were from my paternal grandmother. I am intrigued by female lineage and what we pass down from generation to generation through the females in our family.
Deedra Baker 2015
This project explores the complexities of childhood and the psychological shift that occurs through a loss of innocence. The work was inspired by looking at my own childhood photo album images and experiencing a sense of disconnect with the virtue and spirit in the photographs.
Scanned childhood images from my family photo album were used to create the cyanotypes. The series of cyanotypes were printed on drawing paper and vellum, and then painted, torn, and sewn back together to visually represent the fragmented and transient memory of one’s youth.
To quote Susan Sontag’s On Photography, “A photograph passes for incontrovertible proof that a given thing happened. The picture may distort; but there is always a presumption that something exists, or did exist, which is like what’s in the picture.” Thus, as I experience memories of childhood and the notion of innocence through these images, the retention and sense of purity are fleeting.
Is One Year Old
Loot from 4-H Carnival
Deedra Baker 2014