Foam in the Gallery


Hilary Baker

Exhibited from 7 - 28 November, 2010

Hilary Baker’s work centres on the body as subject and object, and its interaction with the space that it inhabits.

Within this exhibition, FOAM, Hilary challenges the supposed sterility and isolation of today’s living spaces.

Using etchings, paintings, ceramics and sculptures, Hilary articulates how all bodies leave visible traces of their interrelation with an environment.

‘I am continually challenged to develop methods of recording an individual’s interaction with the space that they inhabit, and their own particular individual traces; a form of creative forensic archaeology’ explains Hilary ‘The concept of non-seperability and how at each moment, everything that seems to exist is in a dynamic flow of interaction, challenges the notions of a today’s singular, cellular, foam-like society.’

Hilary uses hair, blood, saliva and other bodily residues to develop her etching plates, and a body’s heat, energy and shadow and even breath in her three dimensional works. Figures are shown pressed onto the canvas, and faces evolve from elaborately textured prints. Sound jars are scoured with vibrations of voices and breath is captured in frozen foam.

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