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.
Will and Good Sense
An Apple from the Earth
Deedra Baker 2015
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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, scans, 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 of imagery lends itself to the feelings of confusion, while one grapples with said construction of female identity and its influential sources.
Below is a sneak peek at some of the images.
Deedra Baker, 2014
This project uses photography to explore themes of female self-identity and sexuality through the genre of self-portraiture. It brings to quesiton the identity of femininity as it pertains to relationships, self, and society.
This work originates from feelings of displacement as a female in her mid-twenties. As one grows into adulthood, one embarks on a lonely journey of self acceptance and understanding. Realizing and understanding the identity of being female and one’s self is ever present. Through these staged, articulated images, the project brings to light feelings of isolation, self-awareness, and trust.
Deedra Baker 2013