C-Type Print from Negative
15 x 20 inches
Sarah Baker Cakes Series. Photographed by Iain McKell for Vague Paper Magazine (Winter/Spring 2008, cover). Reprinted: Gemma de Cruz, “Sarah Baker: A Muse of Power,” Saatchi Gallery Magazine: Art & Music, Issue 22 Spring/Summer 2013, 42.
BIO: Born in San Francisco and raised in Buffalo, Sarah Baker has been living and working in London since 2002, when she received her MA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College of London. Subsequently, Baker has been commissioned by several arts organizations, most recently in 2013 by the National Theatre Studio in London where Baker wrote and directed her live performance, Rocco Rosso Riche. In 2012, Baker was a Hallwalls Artist-in-Resident Project recipient, culminating in her solo exhibition and Buffalo-based soap opera episode, Our Time. Baker is a three-time recipient of awards from Arts Council England Grants for the Arts, and has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. She has been widely exhibited internationally, and her 2008 solo exhibition, Studs, was hailed by The Times of London as one of the top five recommended exhibitions among Lucian Freud, Andy Warhol, and Francis Bacon. www.sarahbaker.com
STATEMENT: In her explorations of representation and social status, Sarah Baker often disseminates her artwork unconventionally to heighten the tension between fabrication and authenticity. Using branding and tactical marketing tropes to position her work at the center of a fabricated spectacle, the result of her interventions is that her work sits uneasily within the fashion, TV, advertising, film, and art worlds. For Sarah Baker Cakes, Baker collaborated with fashion, portrait and social documentary photographer Iain McKell. Sarah Baker Cakes is a fashion shoot inspired by Marie Antoinette.