Jessica Baker

Gingo Leaf Circle

Ginko Leaf Circle, Ginko Leaves mounted on museum board, 29” in diameter, 2008

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Natural Objects 3, Whirlybird seeds mounted on museum board 17” x 15”, 2011

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Multiple Leaf Print Variation, Etchings and Monotypes printed on multiple leaves and mounted on museum board, 64” x 40”, 2008

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Tulip Leaf Print Variation 5, Monotype on Tulip Tree Leaf mounted on museum board 15” x 11”, 2010

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Tulip Leaf Print Variation 7, Monotype on Tulip Tree Leaf mounted on museum board 15” x 11”, 2010

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Tulip Leaf Print Variation 3, Monotype on Tulip Tree Leaf mounted on museum board 15” x 11”, 2010

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Tulip Leaf Print, Monotype on Tulip Tree Leaf mounted on museum board 15” x 11”, 2010

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Tulip Leaf Print, Monotype on Tulip Tree Leaf mounted on museum board 15” x 11”, 2010

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Multiple Leaf Print Variation, Etchings and Monotypes printed on multiple leaves and mounted on museum board, 64” x 40”, 2008

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Sassafras Leaf Arrangement, Etchings printed on Sassafras Leaves mounted on museum board, 17.5” x 29”, 2009

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Artist Statement: My work reflects an ongoing interest in collecting re-usable materials to create prints on paper, mixed media two and three-dimensional artwork and site-specific installations. I’m interested in how removing everyday objects from their usual context and using them to make art elevates and celebrates the ordinary. The materials from nature are not treated with chemicals or preservatives and eventually, they will decompose. Decomposition, as reflected in the ongoing transformation of nature through the inexorable passage of time, has profoundly influenced this work. I was interested in how collecting materials from nature, removing them from their usual context and making them into art objects elevates and celebrates their complex beauty…a beauty that is inherently impermanent and therefore all the more difficult to capture.

Bio: A mixed-media artist who lives and works in Brooklyn. She is primarily a self-taught artist focusing on Art History in College. Baker’s work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and internationally and she has been awarded a number of artistic residencies. Her work has been collected privately and is also in a number of institutional collections.