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Christen Baker

bio

Christen was born and raised in Missouri, where she earned her BFA in Ceramics from Kansas City Art Institute in 2014. During her time there, she traveled to the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemet, Hungary to learn advanced mold making and china painting processes. With a history in kiln fired glass as well as ceramic, she teaches fundamentals and advanced kiln fired glass at KCAI. As a collector of tattoos, she is always looking for symbolism in context to the human form. She also aims the use of glass and ceramic in the same work to explore the light, reflection and opacity to layer narrative images.

artist statement

"The human body exists as a catalyst for meaning and memory. Mementos from experiences throughout life give the suggestion of our own mortality. Through out our lives we hold and cherish memories that are preserved and are constantly evolving. Although death is an inevitable part of life, memories are unaffected by physical dissolution. The relationship between the mind and the body is measured by actual physical experience and the memory of that physical experience. My bodily ceramic sculptures act as a container of personal narrative. Storytelling is a ceramic tradition, where my images are preserved with this archival material. The use of the body with small objects within and around them proposes a relation between object and the viewer. The use of vital organs and bones as open containers, demonstrates Memento Mori, in Latin, which means, “remember that we die.” The presences of death along with my use of porcelain give an everlasting existence of memories that should last forever. My work is widely relatable because of the use of the body as a vessel for narrative image and symbolism. The objects that exist within can, and will be seen differently between each viewer, depending on their own memory of specific objects within their own life experience. My bodily sculptures are very much lifelike but are also whimsical and reminiscent through imagery painted on the surface. I see my sculpture existing as an interactive narrative that is meant to evoke emotion and interest."