Member Monday: Kate Baker

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Member Monday: Kate Baker

posted on 1:56 PM, February 8, 2016
Photo: Untitled Diptych (Cipher Series) Detail View


Tell us about yourself!
My name is Kate Baker and I studied my undergraduate at the ANU Glass Workshop in Canberra under Stephen Proctor and Jane Bruce, graduating in 1999. Since then I have been based in Sydney and have recently built a new studio in Sydenham (very close to the city) called ‘Studio4’. I am primarily focused on developing my artwork which involves a blend of photography, printmaking and digital media with fused and cold worked glass. I also offer internships and classes through my studio and produce a commercial product line of high end designer platters under the branding: ‘Paint & Sand’. I love my studio and enjoy sharing it with people and certainly any GAS member would always be very welcome to visit if in town!

Why do you work with glass as a medium?
I have a relentless fascination with the potential of fused glass as an artistic medium. Unlike many other mediums, there is still so much to be discovered about the material and how it can be used creatively. The transparency of glass and the fact that it is in essence a liquid fills me with a sense of endless possibilities. I know that regardless of an idea, I don’t have to feel restricted by the material only by my mastery of it, which always feels challenging but also exciting.

What themes do you pursue in your work?
My work is primarily focused on the ethereal nature of human existence and the emotional and psychological strata we each exist within. Themes of impermanence, transience, and the intangible are central to the work, as well as an ongoing interest in how our physicality, although fragile and ever-changing, is intrinsic to our human experience.

What is your dream project?
I am becoming increasingly interested in large scale installation and its potential to submerge audiences in an all encompassing artistic experience. I would love to collaborate with a progressive group of architects to integrate an installation work into the built environment - not as an ‘add-on’ but to be centrally aligned with the overarching architectural vision.

Why are you a member of GAS?
GAS is a fantastic opportunity for any artist working in glass to get involved and connect with an active and inspired international community of practitioners and supporters. One of the first things on my 2016 ’to-do’ list has been to contact the GAS administration to see how I can contribute more to the organisation in a voluntary capacity as I think it plays a very important role in bringing the international glass community together.

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