Feb 5th – March 26th 2021
Loring Baker received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. She has shown her work both nationally and internationally and has been featured in New American Paintings, Studio Visit Magazine, and numerous other publications, books, and blogs. Currently, Loring teaches as an adjunct faculty member in the Del Mar College Art Department. Ms. Baker currently lives and works in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Artist Statement: Motherbaby
Being a mother is strange. This body of work is about motherhood, women, and the strength of women- all through the lens of the mother child relationship.
The work questions identity, and how becoming a mother creates a completely new sense of identity- now she is this other thing also. She is no longer just herself, she is a mother too. She is deeply in love, and at the same time, deeply concerned with how to become and sustain this new identity, without losing herself. So while the work is largely about the mother/child relationship, it is also about the mother’s relationship with herself, her identity, and how to confront and accept her new reality. It is a mother’s journey.
The mother figure wears her experience on her skin, on her body. She is a landscape of time, her body made of marks as moments and thoughts, and bits of understanding. The child is portrayed in a chrysalis, in a constant transitional state, never fully formed, always changing. The mother, always there to feed, bath, or nurture, lives in awe of her own, and the child’s, constant transformation and connection.
These bodies are Every Mother and Every Child, experiencing Every Mother and Every Child things. The canvases are black and white- there is no color, no shades, they have no race, no partners- just Mother and Child.