A Slight Hysterical Tendency

A Slight Hysterical Tendency

Connotations regarding the mental state of a female have historically and contemporarily been labeled. Inspired by Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story The Yellow Wallpaper, this project investigates female hysteria, a mental disorder attributed to women. Through this notion, a female’s psychological state is conceived as directly related to her reproductive system. This 19th century fiction explores the subordination of marriage, domestic passivity, and the resting cure used for hysteria, which drives the lead character to the brink of insanity.

The photographs in this series use environmental still lives and self-portraits to navigate the literal and symbolic significance of one’s mental state. Common domestic items are used to portray a feminine nature. References to the womb and conception are interwoven with delicate items that represent domesticity and conception. Photographed in my personal space, the series becomes autobiographical because of my own experiences with anxiety and depression.


Will and Good Sense


An Apple from the Earth


Quiet Reverie


Perfect Rest




Heavy Opposition


Place Setting

Deedra Baker 2015


Common Threads, Group Exhibition | Lillian Bradshaw Gallery, Dallas Public Library

Common Threads is a group exhibition consisting of photographic and installation works produced by female artists, who are in varying stages of their artistic careers. While each of these artists has a unique vision and style in regards to their artistic practice, there is a common theme that encompasses all of these works of art. Depictions of domesticity and explorations of female identity are visually portrayed through this exhibition. Each artist draws from her personal experiences and environment to further investigate the current and historic role of females in today’s society.

Exhibition runs from October 9 – 30, 2014
Opening reception with the artists: October 11, 2014, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Curatorial and artists lectures from 3:00 – 3:30 PM

Curated by Kalee Appleton

Kalee Appleton, Deedra Baker, Colleen Borsh, Lynné Bowan, Brianna M. Burnett, Patricia Earl, Allison Jarek, Adriana Martinez, Tesa Morin, Irma Sizer, Dianne Smith, Kristina Smith

© Tesa Morin
Tesa Morin, Sdlogiram-marigolds, 2013

Deedra Baker, 2014

‘Select Works: TWU Visual Arts Graduate Students’

School of the Arts
Department of Visual Arts

‘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

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

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




Deedra Baker 2013