Sharon Baker

About

I am an artist based in Birmingham, UK. I love printmaking. My practice responds to my environment: the urban and natural landscape and how people affect, influence and change it: what they value and what they discard. I celebrate imagery that might be viewed as mundane and ubiquitous, exploring ideas around nostalgia, class and cultural heritage to question what people value in art and in life. I make work using photographs, drawings and accidental marks which cross over from the figurative to the abstract. I am drawn to the close-up details of familiar objects or unusual juxtapositions of shapes, reflections, text and colour. I produce work in series and my work over the years has contrasting styles depending on my subject matter and my processes.

 

The prints selected for the Qube’s ‘Shape and colour’ open exhibition are from my ‘Bay Window’ series of monotypes combined with image transfer and acrylic paint on heavyweight, handmade paper which gives the pieces their own physicality as objects. The prints are figurative: you can recognise the images as windows, though their colouration, shape and the way they have been cropped give them an abstract quality.

 

These prints are based on my original photographs taken in the late 1980s of my grandparents’ small terraced house. I have used enriched colours to create an otherworldly version of the bay window of the house, better and brighter: chocolate box images which have a lot of personal nostalgia linked to them.

 

Bay Window 2
Monotype, image transfer and acrylic on
handmade paper

32x37cm
£225

 

Bay Window 20
Monotype, image transfer and acrylic on
handmade paper

32x37cm
£225

 

Bay Window 27
Monotype, image transfer and acrylic on
handmade paper

32x37cm
£225

Artist

Sharon Baker

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www.sharonbaker.co.uk

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