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Nancy Baker
Basalt

2015

About

Nancy Baker creates paper constructions by combining digitally printed, hand and laser cut geometric forms loosely based on machine parts. Over time, the hardware imagery has evolved into an obsessive, jewel laden structure, that some have described as a "furious, crazy lace". Incorporated into these paper and Mylar sections are glitter, paint, modeling paste, gold leaf, and printed commercial matter. The tension of repetitive forms and loosely fabricated passages that intersect create a dynamic path of subtle color and shape change, much like the natural world, especially in rock formations and precious gems. Paper has the most remarkable ability to be transformed radically without extensive equipment or expense, into an astonishing variety of forms and shapes. It is a humble material; it begins as the blankest of slates, allowing me to mold it, cut it, layer it, paint and spray it, rip it apart and start all over again. It is ephemeral; seemingly impermanent, but paper objects can be constructed with great strength. It is this contradictory element that really excites me. It is like building a house of cards, fragile, yet graced by the seductive magic of illusory strength. For me, no material is as forgiving and receptive as paper. The way in which it accepts color pigment, in all its glorious saturation is unrivaled. Sometimes she weaves in words and phrases, while partly obscuring the written content, by painting and slicing into the letters, integrating them into the overall structure of the piece. These typographical elements express the artist's frustrations with the quotidian and the existential. The phrase, "Mistakes Were Made", signifies a contemporary fear and suspicion that perhaps the enemy is invisible and unaccountable. Baker also incorporates cultural tropes, such as "Cry Me A River". The uneasy context of these familiar words construe them with a false narrative, hopefully upsetting the expected meaning. Nancy Baker was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and received a BFA from the School of Visual Arts in NYC. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY where she maintains a studio in Bushwick. A world traveler, she posits this as the major source of her emotional well being, along with her supportive family; husband John and daughter Elizabeth. She has received many fellowships and awards, and missed a few that she thought she owned. Her current goal is to maintain humility and a keen sense of the absurd, despite living on a planet that is becoming increasingly humorless, jejune and fanatical. She believes that solipsism is the best strategy for survival.

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  • Condition
    Excellent.
  • Dimensions

    H 16 in. x W 12 in.

    H 40.64 cm x W 30.48 cm

  • Gallery location
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Reference number
    LU1722652882

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