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Claire Baker
updated: 01/16/2009
 
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Untitled 1 (Erongaricuaro, Mexico)
Untitled 2 (Erongaricuaro, Mexico)
Untitled 3 (Erongaricuaro, Mexico)
Untitled 4 (Erongaricuaro, Mexico)
Untitled 5 (Erongaricuaro, Mexico)
Untitled 6 (Erongaricuaro, Mexico)
Untitled 7 (Erongaricuaro, Mexico)
Untitled 8 (Erongaricuaro, Mexico)
Untitled 9 (Erongaricuaro, Mexico)
Untitled 10 (Erongaricuaro, Mexico)
Untitled 11 (Erongaricuaro, Mexico)
Untitled 12 (Erongaricuaro, Mexico)
Untitled 13 (Erongaricuaro, Mexico)
Untitled 14 (Erongaricuaro, Mexico)
Mt. Whitney
 
Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, gestural, landscape, language, meditative, memory, nature, site-specific, organic, pattern
 
 
Untitled 1 (Erongaricuaro, Mexico) by Claire Baker
Untitled 1 (Erongaricuaro, Mexico)
Walnut Ink on Arches
2007
14" x  20" 
Untitled 2 (Erongaricuaro, Mexico) by Claire Baker
Untitled 2 (Erongaricuaro, Mexico)
Walnut Ink on Arches
2007
14" x  20" 
Untitled 3 (Erongaricuaro, Mexico) by Claire Baker
Untitled 3 (Erongaricuaro, Mexico)
Walnut Ink on Arches
2007
14" x  20" 
Untitled 4 (Erongaricuaro, Mexico) by Claire Baker
Untitled 4 (Erongaricuaro, Mexico)
Walnut Ink on Arches
2007
14" x  20" 
Untitled 5 (Erongaricuaro, Mexico) by Claire Baker
Untitled 5 (Erongaricuaro, Mexico)
Walnut Ink on Arches
2007
14 " x  20 " 
Untitled 6 (Erongaricuaro, Mexico) by Claire Baker
Untitled 6 (Erongaricuaro, Mexico)
Walnut Ink on Arches
2007
14 " x  20 " 
Untitled 7 (Erongaricuaro, Mexico) by Claire Baker
Untitled 7 (Erongaricuaro, Mexico)
Walnut Ink on Arches
2007
14" x  20" 
Untitled 8 (Erongaricuaro, Mexico) by Claire Baker
Untitled 8 (Erongaricuaro, Mexico)
Walnut Ink on Arches
2007
14" x  20" 
Untitled 9 (Erongaricuaro, Mexico) by Claire Baker
Untitled 9 (Erongaricuaro, Mexico)
Walnut Ink on Arches
2007
14" x  20" 
Untitled 10 (Erongaricuaro, Mexico) by Claire Baker
Untitled 10 (Erongaricuaro, Mexico)
Walnut Ink on Arches
2007
14" x  20" 
Untitled 11 (Erongaricuaro, Mexico) by Claire Baker
Untitled 11 (Erongaricuaro, Mexico)
Walnut Ink on Arches
2007
14" x  20" 
Untitled 12 (Erongaricuaro, Mexico) by Claire Baker
Untitled 12 (Erongaricuaro, Mexico)
Walnut Ink on Arches
2007
14" x  20" 
Untitled 13 (Erongaricuaro, Mexico) by Claire Baker
Untitled 13 (Erongaricuaro, Mexico)
Walnut Ink on Arches
2007
14 " x  20 " 
Untitled 14 (Erongaricuaro, Mexico) by Claire Baker
Untitled 14 (Erongaricuaro, Mexico)
Walnut Ink on Arches
2007
14" x  20" 
Mt. Whitney by Claire Baker
Mt. Whitney
Walnut and Acrylic Ink on Arches
2007
40" x  60" 

Artist Statement
            In my memory of Eronga, there is distant quiet. Mist curtains the open vista. Methane intoxicates the otherwise clean air of these verdant volcanic mountains. The intimate canal slices the greenscape silver, a hole, a path, before high light bleaches us all. The day ends with purple water to bridge land and sky. Rain comes at any moment.

            This walnut ink drawing series is based on my experiences in Erongaricuaro, a small village in Michoacán, Mexico. Using a double sided bamboo pen, with nib on one end and sponge on the other, I dilute the luminous, water soluble walnut ink, to mark the white pages of my elongated pad of rough Arches watercolor paper. The looking process serves the representation of natural light and depth of space, through the minimal articulation of the hand.

           The benefit of working plein air is in the actual, physical, sensorial immersion of the body within the subject matter. In the studio I then relive and reinvent the memory within the environmental imagination of Los Angeles. The Mt. Whitney piece, from a different plein air series in the Sierra Nevada range, was produced in the studio so based on the initial plein air drawings.

Artist Bio / CV

EDUCATION

University of California Los Angeles

MFA  Painting 2008  Los Angeles CA

Brown University

 BA  Visual Art 2005  Providence RI 

 

EXPERIENCE 

Part-Time Faculty California State University Long Beach, Intro Painting 2008

Teaching Assistant UCLA, Adv Drawing 2008, Adv Painting 2007, Adv Printmaking 2006, Beg Drawing 2007, 2006, 2005  Beg Painting 2007

Arts Bridge Mentor UCLA, Mentor for Student Elementary Teacher 2006

Undergraduate Teaching Research Fellow Brown University Painting Course Development 2004  

EXHIBITIONS 

2009  Swarm Gallery, Oakland, Split Solo Show

2009  Wide Angle 3, LA, CSULB University Art Museum Benefit Auction/ Catalogue

2008  Carl Berg Gallery, LA, New Wave

2008  Ruth Bachofner Gallery, LA, Crossroads

2008 Creative Artists Agency, LA, HeavyCorner

2008 Black Dragon Society Gallery, LA, Closing

2008 UCLA New Wight Gallery, LA, MFA Thesis            

2006 Track 16 Gallery, LA, LA Weekly Annual Biennial

AWARDS 

Hirsch Award in Representational Drawing, Jurors Julian Brooks, Assoc. Curator of Drawings Getty Museum, and Cynthia Burlingham, Dir. of Grunwald Center for Graphic Arts, UCLA 2008

Hayman Award for Painting and Drawing, UCLA 2006, 2007

Ann Belsky Moranis Award to an Outstanding Senior in the Visual Arts, Brown University 2005