The Pattern Lolls, Solo Exhibition

Deedra Baker
The Pattern Lolls, Solo Exhibition

15 – 26 September 2014

Opening Reception:
17 September 2014 · 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

© Deedra Baker 2014

Cover Image · Vined Identity · 2013 · Archival Inkjet Print

010 Gallery · Student Union
Texas Woman’s University
Denton, TX

Gallery Hours:
Monday – Thursday · 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday · 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday · Closed
Sunday · 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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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

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Unity

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Tradition

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Lineage

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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

© Deedra Baker 2013

Inverted Autonomy

© Deedra Baker 2013

Pale Lineation

© Deedra Baker 2013
Obscured Selfhood

© Deedra Baker 2013

Self-Contained

Deedra Baker 2013


‘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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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


Sanctum Booklet

I am currently designing a booklet for my series Sanctum. It is important to me that my work is accessible. Thus, by making a booklet, I can have a selection of my work in a tangible approachable format. Keep an eye out – the booklets will be available by the end of the month.

© 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

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Sanctum

The west window in my bedroom springs to life when the sun’s afternoon glow bathes through its panes. Colors on my quilt become vivid, while the pale walls begin to dance with undulating shadows. The sun transforms mauve carpets and white walls into animated surfaces. This, my sanctuary, becomes an oasis.

I become a recluse in my bedroom and find the silence and solitude of my 9’ by 13’ space satisfying and tantalizing. The room provides comfort; it is an area to call my very own. Peace and quiet abounds, allowing me to ponder extraordinary dreams and life ambitions. The light, which gracefully illuminates my quiet bedroom corner, provides a mere glimmer of outside hope. It becomes a distraction from my self-admitted isolation.

I turn the camera inward as I photograph the idiosyncratic nuances of my surroundings. This microcosm provides a space in which I can undress myself emotionally and physically. In making these photographs, I indulge in a reflective self-awareness.

Tresses

Tresses

An Opening

An Opening

My Mother's Necklace

My Mother’s Necklace

A Vestige of Hair

A Vestige of Hair

Gathered

Gathered

Milky Indentions

Milky Indentions

That Which Remains

That Which Remains

Deedra Baker 2013


New Work

After a year-long hiatus, I have created a new body of work. I am still in the process of creating images, but wanted to give a sneak peek to an audience. Plus, as this project is a newborn (I don’t even have a title for it yet), I am looking for feedback!

Select images from the series:

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