A Slight Hysterical Tendency

A Slight Hysterical Tendency

Connotations regarding the mental state of a female have historically and contemporarily been labeled. Inspired by Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story The Yellow Wallpaper, this project investigates female hysteria, a mental disorder attributed to women. Through this notion, a female’s psychological state is conceived as directly related to her reproductive system. This 19th century fiction explores the subordination of marriage, domestic passivity, and the resting cure used for hysteria, which drives the lead character to the brink of insanity.

The photographs in this series use environmental still lives and self-portraits to navigate the literal and symbolic significance of one’s mental state. Common domestic items are used to portray a feminine nature. References to the womb and conception are interwoven with delicate items that represent domesticity and conception. Photographed in my personal space, the series becomes autobiographical because of my own experiences with anxiety and depression.

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Will and Good Sense

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An Apple from the Earth

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Quiet Reverie

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Perfect Rest

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Ovum

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Heavy Opposition

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Place Setting

Deedra Baker 2015

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Common Threads, Group Exhibition | Lillian Bradshaw Gallery, Dallas Public Library

Common Threads is a group exhibition consisting of photographic and installation works produced by female artists, who are in varying stages of their artistic careers. While each of these artists has a unique vision and style in regards to their artistic practice, there is a common theme that encompasses all of these works of art. Depictions of domesticity and explorations of female identity are visually portrayed through this exhibition. Each artist draws from her personal experiences and environment to further investigate the current and historic role of females in today’s society.

Exhibition runs from October 9 – 30, 2014
Opening reception with the artists: October 11, 2014, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Curatorial and artists lectures from 3:00 – 3:30 PM

Curated by Kalee Appleton

Artists:
Kalee Appleton, Deedra Baker, Colleen Borsh, Lynné Bowan, Brianna M. Burnett, Patricia Earl, Allison Jarek, Adriana Martinez, Tesa Morin, Irma Sizer, Dianne Smith, Kristina Smith

© Tesa Morin
Tesa Morin, Sdlogiram-marigolds, 2013

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