Monday, January 13, 2014

Deedra Baker

"Unfamiliar Self"
Deedra Baker lives and works in Denton, TX. Selections from her body of work have been featured in exhibitions including Truman State University’s Voyeur: Repositioning the Gaze, Chowan University National Juried Exhibition, and PhotoSpiva National Photographic Competition and Exhibition. She received her BFA from Washburn University in Topeka, KS, and is currently working towards an MFA in photography at Texas Woman's University in Denton, TX. Her current work explores themes of gender, self-identity, and sexuality through the genre of self-portraiture.

View more of Deedra's work here 

"Vined Identity" 

"The Pattern Lolls" Statement

Identity is constructed and revealed through one’s social connections and is an existential absolute. The Pattern Lolls uses photography to explore themes of female identity and sexuality through the genre of self-portraiture. It takes a close look at the feminine character and sensuality as they are constructed and manipulated by relationships, self, and society.

This series stems from the feelings of displacement as a woman in her mid-twenties. As one grows into adulthood, one embarks on an independent journey of self-acceptance and understanding, thus concerns and questions regarding identity and self are ever present. Expressions of muliebrity are used to challenge the innate female capacity for dependence, empathy, and nurturance. The Pattern Lolls explores notions of fragility, hesitancy, and sensitive intensity through staged, articulated images.

"Shadowed Ideals"
"Living Flesh"
"Obscured Selfhood" 
"Pale Lineation"