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Nancy S Baker
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Bushwick



ARTIST STATEMENT: I have always been compelled to put things together; the process of combining and interlocking forms in an elegant configuration is for me, a highly gratifying undertaking. The recently new experience of living once again in an urban environment has made me sensitive to the dominating forces of infrastructure, and to those corresponding interstitial spaces that, for me, incite anxiety. The competition for space and sky has been instructive; my work reflects this struggle by recreating the battlefield in my studio, and attempting to tame it, and ultimately, to own it. I have found solace in the geometry of fundamentals, and in a practice that focuses on the ephemeral nature of paper and the ease of its transportability, I am unencumbered in creating large scale constructions. Working in components, I can build very large installations that are multilayered, and can significantly project outwards. Sometimes I weave in words and phrases, but seek to partly obscure the written content, by painting and slicing into the letters, integrating them into the overall structure of the piece. These typographical elements are meaningful to me, expressing my frustrations with a singularly disordered and impenetrable world. The phrase, "Mistakes Were Made", signify a contemporary fear and suspicion that perhaps the enemy is invisible and unaccountable. These paper constructions combine digitally printed, hand and laser cut geometric shapes that are painted, sprayed, scraped and gouged. Incorporated into these paper, polystyrene and Dura-Lar sections are glitter, paint, modeling paste, gold leaf, printed commercial matter, and whatever other substances I believe will win the battle over time and space in my studio and in New York.
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