Cary Baker


Cary Baker New York, USA csbaker.net
Originally from Southern Vermont, Cary Baker currently lives and works in Brooklyn NY. Her investigations in environmental design and installation are the result of a circuitous path that includes a BA in Choreography from Bard College followed by self-study in botany, horticulture, drawing and sculpture. After several years of creating works for the stage, she gradually replaced live performers with fabricated bodies and moved her experiments outside. She is currently working on an evolving land-art project, the first iteration of which was developed and exhibited while in residence at the Center d’ Art I Natura in Farrera Spain. In addition to her work as an artist, she is the founder and principal designer of a small urban landscape design firm, Wild Pistil Inc.
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Monotropa

In creating her installation at I-Park, Baker originally sculpted the figure in oil clay. A silicone mold was then poured, from which 30 urethane castings were made. The figures were then cut and wired for articulation. After assembling the work in her studio, a very repetitive and meditative phase of her project and an opportunity to get to know the figure intimately and contemplate the gesture, focus and mood of the characters she was developing before physically introducing them into an environment. The next phase of her residency was spent experimenting with locations. Ultimately, she selected the pond for its ability to breath life and mystery into the work. The movement of the water, the insects that quickly built homes or took refuge between legs and across collar bones, the reflections of the bodies shifting with the position of the sun . . . these factors, along with the careful attention that was given to each pose, suggested transition and movement despite the fixity of the piece. The scale of the figure is intentionally small, to draw the eye down to what might otherwise be overlooked and to distort the size of the elements that surround it. Lily pads take on a surreal proportion, as do twigs, leaves and other debris that floats by. The breadth and depth of the pond itself is amplified.

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