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


Identity, Memory, and Place: Texas Woman’s University Graduate Panel Discussion

2014 SPESC Conference Proposal: Engaging Possibilities

Panel / Forum

Presenters: Kalee Appleton (moderator), Deedra Baker, Rachael Banks, and Allison Jarek

Title: Identity, Memory, and Place: Texas Woman’s University Graduate Panel Discussion

Abstract:

The panel discussion, Identity, Memory, and Place: Texas Woman’s University Graduate Panel Discussion, will create dialogue regarding the use of photography as an avenue for the exploration of deeply rooted psychological subject matters. Panelists Kalee Appleton, Deedra Baker, Rachael Banks, and Allison Jarek create photographic artwork that explores the themes of identity, memory, and place. As graduate students at Texas Woman’s University, these artists each bring a new perspective from their own breadth of cultural and psychological experiences. The panelists will share their own work and a collection of inspirational materials via visual and literary sources. Within the panel, the artists will discuss the nature of their work both conceptually and by means of working methodologies, which vary from traditional analog photography to digital techniques.

 

© Kalee Appleton 2014Kalee Appleton, Untitled, 2014

© Deedra Baker 2013Deedra Baker, Vined Identity, 2013

© Rachael Banks 2013Rachael Banks, Superstition, 2013

© Allison Jarek 2014Allison Jarek, Untitled, 2014


Official Website Updates – New Work, Maternal Kin

Please take a look at my website for updates and new work; I have now included my series, Maternal Kin. This project was created by using DASS Transfer on handmade gampi paper.

Click here to view my website: www.deedrabaker.com

Maternal Kin

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

Matron

© Deedra Baker 2014

Origins

© Deedra Baker 2014

Docile

Deedra Baker, 2014


Work Included on LensCulture

I am honored to be an invited artist on LensCulture, a resource for contemporary photography. Please visit my profile to see my photographic projects Sanctum and The Pattern Lolls.

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Click here:

https://www.lensculture.com/deedra-baker

 


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


Sanctum in Art des Femmes Exhibition

Four of my images from the series Sanctum were selected for the juried exhibition, Art des Femmes. The juror, Marie Schiettecatte,  juried the exhibition from over 200 pieces of art submitted internationally. The work is exhibited at the ArtisTTable, an online community & art gallery. This is the first all women’s show that the ArtisTTable has curated.

Please find my work in Gallery One, but below are two of the four images that were selected.

Visit this link to view the show: Art des Femmes.

Gathered

Gathered, 2013

That, Which Remains

That, Which Remains, 2012

Deedra Baker 2013


New Work – Female Identity through Self-Portraiture

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

 

© Deedra Baker 2013

 

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Deedra Baker 2013

 


Inspiration / Research Wall Revisited

I have furthered my research regarding artists that inspire my creativity and art-making. I am still working with the theme of identity. After a visit to the Texas Woman’s University library, I also collected a few books on the subject of identity.

As I am making photographs, I am asking myself:

What about my identity am i depicting? What is specific or important about my identity? Who am I? What am I struggling against?

Inspirations:

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Francesca Woodman
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Francesca Woodman / Untitled, Providence, Rhode Island / 1978

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Tracey Baran / See Through Me / 2005

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Tracey Baran / Me, Myself, and You / 2007

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Tracey Baran / Leda / 1999

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Jen Davis / Untitled / 2013

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Jen Davis / Untitled No. 36 / 2010

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Jen Davis / Untitled / 2007

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Jen Davis / Untitled / 2003

Deedra Baker 2013