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


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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Retrospective Innocence

Retrospective Innocence

This project explores the complexities of childhood and the psychological shift that occurs through a loss of innocence. The work was inspired by looking at my own childhood photo album images and experiencing a sense of disconnect with the virtue and spirit in the photographs.

Scanned childhood images from my family photo album were used to create the cyanotypes. The series of cyanotypes were printed on drawing paper and vellum, and then painted, torn, and sewn back together to visually represent the fragmented and transient memory of one’s youth.

To quote Susan Sontag’s On Photography, “A photograph passes for incontrovertible proof that a given thing happened. The picture may distort; but there is always a presumption that something exists, or did exist, which is like what’s in the picture.” Thus, as I experience memories of childhood and the notion of innocence through these images, the retention and sense of purity are fleeting.

© Deedra Baker 2014
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Got Me a Cake and Balloon

© Deedra Baker 2014

10/19/89

© Deedra Baker 2014

Is One Year Old

© Deedra Baker 2014

Loot from 4-H Carnival

© Deedra Baker 2014
Jan., 1990

© Deedra Baker 2014
12/23/89

© Deedra Baker 2014
Brianne Took This Picture

© Deedra Baker 2014
At Phyllis Jackson’s House

© Deedra Baker 2014
9/9/90

© Deedra Baker 2014
Slept Through the Party

Deedra Baker 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


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


The Pattern Lolls

As the end of my first semester as a photography graduate student at Texas Woman’s University comes to an end, I have a new body of work I would like to share. The work is titled The Pattern Lolls. Please see below to view my artist statement and select images from the series.

The Pattern Lolls

Identity is constructed and revealed through one’s social connections and is an existential absolute. The Pattern Lolls uses photography to explore themes of female identity and sexuality through the genre of self-portraiture. It takes a close look at the feminine character and sensuality as they are constructed and manipulated by relationships, self, and society.

This series stems from the feelings of displacement as a woman in her mid-twenties. As one grows into adulthood, one embarks on an independent journey of self-acceptance and understanding, thus concerns and questions regarding identity and self are ever-present. Expressions of muliebrity are used to challenge the innate female capacity for dependence, empathy, and nurturance. The Pattern Lolls explores notions of fragility, hesitancy, and sensitive intensity through staged, articulated images.

© Deedra Baker 2013

Unfamiliar Self

© Deedra Baker 2013

Tousled Displacement

© Deedra Baker 2013

Confined Independence

© Deedra Baker 2013

Breasted Roles

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Linear Femininity

© Deedra Baker 2013

Vined Identity

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Inverted Autonomy

© Deedra Baker 2013

Pale Lineation

© Deedra Baker 2013
Obscured Selfhood

© Deedra Baker 2013

Self-Contained

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


Portfolio Review with James Nakagawa and Yuki Towada

This morning I was fortunate enough to have a portfolio review with visiting artists James Nakagawa and Yuki Towada. Both were in the Dallas / Fortworth, Texas area to lecture regarding the show curated by Mariko Takeuchi and James Nakagawa – Contemplation: Emerging Female Photographers From Japan. The show is exhibited in the Texas Woman’s University’s East and West Galleries in the Visual Arts Building. Contemplation: Emerging Female Photographers From Japan features work by Tomoe Murakami, Yuki Tawada, Yuhki Toyama and Ai Takahashi. The exhibition has generously been loaned to TWU by Pictura Gallery in Bloomington, Indiana.

I showed my series Sanctum for review. I received generous feedback from the guest artists, which shed new light on my work. As James Nakagawa rearranged my series, these few images became their own entity.

© 2013 Deedra Baker

Cracked Foundation

© 2012 Deedra Baker

Landing Strip

© 2012 Deedra Baker

Milky Indentions

© 2012 Deedra Baker

My Mother’s Necklace

© 2012 Deedra Baker

Freckled

Deedra Baker 2013


Studio Space at TWU

I am extremely fortunate to have a studio space while I work towards my MFA in Photography at Texas Woman’s University. I share my space with my fellow first year photo grads, Dianne Smith and Claire Warden. It is nice and spacious with gorgeous natural light. I have pinned up my research / inspirations as well as working prints. It is delightful to have a space to create and be inspired. I have checked out a few books from the TWU library as well as from the Denton Public Library. Sophie Calle, Elinor Carucci, Nan Goldin, and Francesca Woodman are greatly inspiring my current work.

© 2013 Deedra Baker

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Clicking the Shutter

This morning I picked up my camera for the first time in months. It felt great to be creative and make work. I am so glad that I can now focus on my art-making. I have my first studio visit on Tuesday for my Creative Photo course. This weekend I will be shooting, editing, and printing new experimental work – so be looking for my new work!