The Pattern Lolls, Solo Exhibition
15 – 26 September 2014
17 September 2014 · 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Cover Image · Vined Identity · 2013 · Archival Inkjet Print
010 Gallery · Student Union
Texas Woman’s University
Monday – Thursday · 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday · 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday · Closed
Sunday · 1:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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
500X Gallery | Upstairs Gallery
Texas Woman’s University Visual Arts: Selected Works from the Graduate Program Group Exhibition
This exhibition is a selection of works highlighting the work being done by students in the Graduate MA/MFA programs at Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX. There are works from each area of the program represented, and all works were juried by the TWU Department of Visual Arts faculty. The opening is Saturday, January 11th, from 7PM – 10PM.
500 Exposition Ave
Dallas, TX 75226
Three of my photographs from my series The Pattern Lolls were selected for this juried exhibition. Below are the images that were chosen.
Deedra Baker, 2014
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
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
Confined Independence, 2013
Deedra Baker 2013
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