Ties that Bind Sneak Peak and Print Sale!

SkatesintheMulberries_9957lrSkates in the Mulberries, 2014
6″ x 9″, Edition of 20
$50.00

Ties that Bind sneak peak and print sale!

I am having a print sale to raise funds for the final execution of my Master of Fine Arts Exhibition that opens April 25, 2016. Six photographic prints from my body of work Ties that Bind are available to purchase. Each image is 6″ x 9″ printed on 8.5″ x 11″ archival, premium luster inkjet paper. The prints are signed in an edition of 20 for $50.00 each. This is a 50% discount! All proceeds will go towards paper, printing / mounting, framing, an exhibition catalog, and promotional materials.

Visit my website to make a purchase: http://deedrabaker.virb.com/print-sale

Everyone who purchases a print from this sale will receive an exhibition postcard, as well.
Thank you for all of your support!

Please scroll down to read more about the body of work and the exhibition. 

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A Light Dusting, 2015
6″ x 9″, Edition of 20
$50.00

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Katelyn and Her Horse, 2016
6″ x 9″, Edition of 20
$50.00

MothersTrinkets_5617lrMother’s Trinkets, 2015
6″ x 9″, Edition of 20
$50.00

MomsCollegeSeniorPortrait_5884lrMom’s Senior College Portrait, 2016
6″ x 9″, Edition of 20
$50.00

YellowandGreen_9742lrYellow and Green, 2014
6″ x 9″, Edition of 20
$50.00

Statement

Through portraits, environmental still lifes, and landscapes, Ties that Bind explores the interconnectedness between my mother, three sisters, two nieces, and myself. The project examines ways that our identities interweave and manifest as a result of experiences together at our family home in rural Kansas. Inspired by Patricia Kline’s statement that “For most of us our identities are very much tied to where we grew up,” environmental still life and landscape images made within my family’s house and land reflect the visceral connection between we females and our land, home, and familial keepsakes and objects.

Intimate portraits capture the emotional, experiential, and physical bond found between we women. In her curatorial statement Not My Family Values, for an Art Photo Index Exhibition, Dr. Rebecca Senf states, “Family is at the heart of how we identify ourselves.” For the females within my immediate family and myself, the experiential and historical bond centered around the idea of a homeplace (and the belief that family traditions can only occur in that place, while among family and its keepsakes) greatly influences and informs our identities. Ties that Bind explores this idea through a visual investigation of we women in the family, objects within the house, the surrounding land, and family archives and traditions.

My MFA exhibition featuring this project will consist of approximately 20 framed, color photographic still images at 20” x 28” and 24” x 34”. A color video will be approximately one to three minutes in length and projected from an elevated digital projector onto the gallery wall at a larger than life scale. The video will play on a continuous loop. A one-of-a-kind artist’s book will be 8” x 10” in scale and will be comprised of seven individual pamphlet stitched books housed in a slipcase. Each individual book will have approximately 10 – 14 pages.

Deedra Baker, 2016

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Women’s Work

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.

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Deedra Baker 2015


New Work | Explores Notions of Innocence

This project explores notions of innocence and coming of age through the photographing of a preteen. My niece is photographed to symbolize my personal experiences, as well as to provide a universal character for all females who have and will experience the transformation of self through puberty.

Feelings of displacement and quiet struggles permeate my adult life. Through a rural, sheltered upbringing there was a frequent battle between innocence and reality. This body of work explores the loss of innocence through the depiction of an adolescent sitter. She stands in as a metaphor for myself, an anxiety-filled child and adult. The photographs are made on my parents’ property in rural Kansas and depict experiences, memories, and symbolic truths.


© Deedra Baker 2014
Elizabeth Reclines

© Deedra Baker 2014
She Weeps  

© Deedra Baker
In-Between

© Deedra Baker 2014
 Cycle

© Deedra Baker 2014
Elizabeth Swings

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Female Identity – Family Origins, Self, and Society’s Perception

This project originates from one’s curiosity in regards to female identity as it is constructed from family origins, self, and society’s perception. Through the use of appropriated family album photographs, familial objects, and self-portraits, the project brings together a myriad of imagery, which depicts and / or symbolizes female identity through the lens of family, self, and society. The collage style imagery lends itself to the feelings of confusion, while one grapples with said construction of female identity and its influential sources.

© Deedra Baker 2014

Suspended

© Deedra Baker 2014

Unidentified

© Deedra Baker 2014

Unity

© Deedra Baker 2014

Tradition

© Deedra Baker 2014

Lineage

Deedra Baker 2014


‘Select Works: TWU Visual Arts Graduate Students’

TEXAS WOMAN’S UNIVERSITY
School of the Arts
Department of Visual Arts
and the DALLAS PUBLIC LIBRARY
Present

‘Select Works: TWU Visual Arts Graduate Students’

01 November – 30 November 2013

Closing Reception: Saturday, November 23, 2013, 2:00PM – 4:30PM

Lillian Bradshaw Gallery
Dallas Public Library | 4th Floor
1515 Young Street | Dallas, TX 75201

Artists:
Kalee Appleton, Deedra Baker, Bailey Chapman, Lindsey Dunnagan, Angelia Ford, Liz Head-Fischer, Nathan Madrid, and Claire A. Warden

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Deedra Baker 2013


Images from The Pattern Lolls Selected for Exhibition

Two of my photographs from my new body of work, The Pattern Lolls, were chosen for the TWU graduate exhibition ‘Select Works: TWU Visual Arts Graduate Students.’ The exhibition is at the Lillian Bradshaw Gallery in the Dallas Public Library. We are hosting a closing reception on Saturday, November 23rd from 2PM – 4:30PM.

The artists in the exhibition include:
Kalee Appleton, Deedra Baker, Bailey Chapman, Lindsey Dunnagan, Angelia Ford, Elizabeth Head-Fischer, Nathan Madrid, and Claire A. Warden

© Deedra Baker 2013

Confined Independence, 2013

© Deedra Baker 2013

Self-Contained, 2013

Deedra Baker 2013


Concealed/Revealed Art Auction

On Wednesday I dropped off my artwork for the Concealed/Revealed Art Auction. The preview of the artwork was last night during the Topeka First Friday Artwalk.

The event is Friday, April 27th, beginning at 6:30 pm at Serendipity in the NOTO Arts District, 820 N. Kansas Ave.

Below is the piece or art I chose to donate:

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Cyanotype Chosen for Rethink Topeka

One of my new cyanotypes, Women’s Suffrage, was chosen by jurors for the Rethink Topeka art event in April.

http://rethinktopeka.com/

Deedra Baker 2012


Art of the Landscape

This summer I am taking an art course titled “Art of the Landscape.” We have been taking four days a week to visit a landscape site–parks, private property, and ponds. So far we have created art from Washburn’s campus, Gage Park, Lakewood Park, and Truckhendge. A few of the locataions have been shared with other visitors, while some have been more secluded. No matter what, however, we have had to battle the elements–rain, bugs, and the sun. It can be challenging to draw a landscape with bees buzzing by your ear, the sun beating down on your skin, and sweat dripping in your eyes–not to mention running in from a down pour of rain.

But it’s been a blast! It is completely different to be in nature creating art rather than in a studio. I have found my drawings to be much more loose and relaxed since I am doing them on site. I have been doing primarily charcoal drawing for this class, but I always take my camera along and take some time to shoot photos as well. Below are a few of the pieces I have been working on over the past few weeks from the various locations.

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These are some photos that show off the wonders of Truckhendge — beautiful skies, quirky features, and colorful bottles to name a select few. As I walked around the area there were things to see all around me…overwhelming really.

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