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. 

ALightDusting_5706lr
A Light Dusting, 2015
6″ x 9″, Edition of 20
$50.00

KatelynandHerHorse_6073lr
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


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
Wayne
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





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


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


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.

Baker_Deedra_LensCulture

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


500X Gallery | Texas Woman’s University Visual Arts: Selected Works from the Graduate Program

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.

500X Gallery
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 2013

Unfamiliar Self

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Linear Femininity

© Deedra Baker 2013

Self-Contained

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

Baker_Deedra_LinearFemininity_lr

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

Selected Works_2013

Deedra Baker 2013