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

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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


A Trip to the Country

Last weekend I was fortunate enough to take a trip to the countryside. It was a refreshing change of scenery to venture out to the Flint Hills. Although the temperature was scorching, I managed to wander around and take several photographs. The green grass was visible for miles and the sky remained a crisp, bright blue the entire day. There is so much character so be seen in the landscape. Below are a few images I created while I was on my weekend get-away to the Flint Hills—from the obscure to the beautiful.

Deedra Baker 2010

Deedra Baker 2010

Deedra Baker 2010

Deedra Baker 2010


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.

Deedra Baker 2010

Deedra Baker 2010

Deedra Baker 2010

Deedra Baker 2010

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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.

Deedra Baker 2010

Deedra Baker 2010

Deedra Baker 2010

Deedra Baker 2010