Within Matter #2, 2018
UV Flatbed Digitally Printed Toughened and Waterjet cut glass and Raw Steel, 1100h x 1200w x 850d
Kate Baker is an Australian contemporary artist working primarily with studio glass. A current PhD Candidate at the Australian National University, School of Art and Design, she graduated with First Class Honours from the Glass Workshop at the Australian National University School of Art (Canberra) in 1999. Baker has held solo exhibitions in Australia and the United States and has been widely exhibited both nationally and internationally including at the Palm Springs Art Museum, California, the New Mexico Museum of Art in Santa Fe, the Alexander Tutsek Stiftung in Munich, Germany, the International Exhibition of Glass Kanazawa, Japan and the Glass Biennale in Venice, Italy. A recipient of international art prizes, scholarships and grants, her artworks are featured in collections globally.
“The human body in movement, in flux, abstracted and layered, at once reveals and yet masks the emotional and psychological strata inherent in each of us. Themes of human fragility, complexity and the temporal nature of existence are at the heart of my interest as an artist and drive the technical and conceptual rigor within my practice. The process of working in glass – resulting in the creation of static, sculptural and translucent form and its interdisciplinary relationship with the photographic and digital image, is the primary focus of my studio research. This direction provides for a challenging yet complex environment in which concepts of our immaterial nature can be explored, paradoxically through an intimate and rigorous engagement with the material and the resulting abstraction.”