Memories and a Small Body of Water
This drawing depicts female figures floating in the air around a pool where a deep blue figure bathes; the pool is upheld by animated forms. The artist's works explore an in-between existence, one that hovers halfway between a physical and spiritual women-centered world. The fluid and feminine forms that adapt and plant themselves firmly in this composition are representatives of a restorative environment that exists after conflict—one that is ripe for new growth and possibility.
A draftswoman, printmaker and painter, Lydia Baker creates utopian and matriarchal worlds that redefine modern perceptions of joy, acceptance and home. These imagined feminine environments feature landscapes that echo the interiors of bodies as well as figures that explore and adapt themselves to their world. The artist works intuitively, without a fully planned composition, allowing both the artist and the viewer to “[savor] the landscape and the pendulum between curiosity and stability.”
Lydia Baker’s work creates utopian and matriarchal worlds where landscapes echo the interiors of bodies and figures adaptively root themselves. Encompassing drawing, printmaking and painting, the artist’s practice focuses on constructive escapism—exploring and redefining modern perceptions of joy, acceptance and home. Baker’s intuitive works are made without a fully planned composition, encouraging viewers to ground themselves in discovery and find sanctuary in the unknown.