The Gallery @ Barr Photographics announces the third installment of the Corner Gallery’s 2018 exhibition series with the return of Olney, Maryland artist Caroline Baker, with a collection of 3-D assemblage art and mixed media paintings, entitled, "Shipping & Handling”. Caroline’s art forces inspection and introspection of our daily routines. Her expressionism, is created from ordinary objects and emotions in life that are disjointed, but when combined produce a very powerful statement about who we are and how we live.
Caroline Baker is originally from the Baltimore-Washington suburbs and has returned to live there after years of living in the Central Appalachian coalfields of Southwestern Virginia. Along with the change in scenery, her work has changed from site-specific contemporary landscapes to combines, which visually explore ephemeral information through objects, print and digital media. Her artwork often includes collage, fiber arts, painting and construction techniques. A background in arts education and various other fields including graphic design, environmental science, drafting and horticulture often find unconventional and subtle appearances in the content and application of her artwork. Caroline works at studio 329 at Artists and Makers Studios in Rockville, MD, The Gallery at Raw Ink Live in Gathersburg, MD and her live-in recreational room studio with a rescued house rabbit to assist in Olney, MD. Caroline holds a M.A. in Teaching, East Tennessee State University, 2007, and a B.A. in Visual Art, University of Virginia’s College at Wise, 2000.
In her Artist’ Statement, Caroline states, “My current body of work often takes the form of assemblage using everyday items that could be described as “kipple” - objects without use that may seem to reproduce, as a form of environmental- human entropy, objects that briefly had a use in the ordered environment, that have become the very symbol of disorder. My process often involves several stages of construction/deconstruction/construction as a metaphor for our human existence as both physical and mental/spiritual and as a collection of connected information or data.
“Shipping & Handling” will be celebrated with a reception and art talk by Caroline Baker, to which the public is cordially invited, on Friday, 15 June from 7 - 9:00 PM in The Gallery @ Barr Photographics, 152 E. Main Street, Abingdon, Virginia. “Shipping & Handling” will hang, and be offered for sale, through 31, July. The Gallery @ Barr Photographics is housed in the Greenway Trigg Building, located in the heart of Abingdon’s main street historic district. Please call 276- 628-1486 or visit http://barrphotographics.com for further information.
Photo #1: “Dogma VI” Mixed Media by Caroline H Baker
Photo #2: “Apples to Apples” Mixed Media Assemblage by Caroline H Baker