Susanna Baker: Fine Artist, Shomrei Member

U8, variation 1, 18″x24″ (click to enlarge)

U8, variation 1, 18″x24
Cut and Embellished Monoprint, 2011
Susanna Baker

We welcome Susanna Baker to the Kol Emunah masthead!  The blog graphic is a detail of her work U8, variation 1. From time to time, we will be featuring a Shomrei artist on our blog in both the masthead and on the featured artist page.  If you are an artist at Shomrei or know one who would like to be featured, let us know.

“My work incorporates printmaking, encaustic and painting. Currently, I am thinking a lot about alternate realities existing simultaneously. As I age, time becomes more fluid and reality more questionable. Keeping these thoughts in mind, I’m playing with layers and different views of the same image peeking thru – in my work, I physically punch holes through one layer to reveal another, metaphorically breaking the thin veil of reality. — Susanna Baker”

s_bakerSusanna Baker

My imagery is based on the push and pull of what we see and what we don’t see- an opaque blue sky hides an infinite universe of objects, a drop of blood is filled with microscopic cells. I try to express the idea that we only see one version of reality – that there are many ways of seeing. We all have our own intimate language – using organic and geometric shapes I populate a multi layered space that might be massive or molecular.

For me, art is about process more than product. I start each piece with no plan and no expectation. I explore relationships and placement, shapes and lines; I am continually excited by the beauty of composition and the richness of color.

Studio Montclair
Susanna is a member of Studio Montclair Inc. SMI is an inclusive artist member organization. For a minimal fee (which we are determined to keep low), any artist can join, participate in critique groups, go to educational and professional development events, receive our weekly opportunities emails, and submit their work for one of our professionally curated exhibits. We have almost 400 members from all over the US. The main focus of SMI is connecting artists to community and vice-versa through exhibits, events, and education.

1981 BFA Rhode Island School of Design (Painting Major)

Solo and Small Invitational Exhibitions
2013 BrassWorks Gallery, Montclair NJ “Visions: Large & Small, Susanna Baker and Susan Lisbin”
2012 Watchung Arts Center, Watchung, NJ “September Invitational,” small curated
2012 Montclair Public Library Gallery, Montclair NJ “ART: Transitions,” small curated
2012 Thick House, San Francisco, CA “Behind the Scenes,” 2 person showl
2012 Café Brioche, San Francisco, CA “New Work,” solo
2011 Gaelen Center for the Arts, West Orange, NJ “Mixed Media,” solo
2011 Watchung Arts Center, Watchung, NJ “Hidden Worlds,” small curated
2010 Pierro Gallery, South Orange, NJ “Metaphor,” small curated
2010 Shomrei Emunah, Montclair, NJ “Art on the Walls,”solo
2010 Imlay Fine Art, Montclair NJ “Fertile Ground, honoring nature in art,” invitational
2009 Block Gallery, Montclair, NJ “Susanna Baker, Current Work,”solo
2003 Rotunda Gallery, Unitarian Church of Montclair, NJ “Cat’s Paw Studio Group Show,”
small curated

Selected Group Exhibitions
2014 SMI Galleries@Academy Square, NJ “The Window”
2014 SMI Galleries@Academy Square, NJ “State of the Art 2014”
2013 The Painting Center, NYC, NY “Working it Out”
2013 SMI Galleries@Academy Square, NJ “State of the Art 2013”
2012 Prince Street Gallery, NYC, NY “Trenton Makes,” juried
2012 Trenton City Museum, Trenton, NJ “Trenton Makes,” juried
2012 George Segal Gallery, Montclair, NJ “Art Connections 8,”juried
2012 N.A.W.A. Gallery, New York, NY “Open Small Works”, juried
2011 SMI Virginia S. Block Gallery, Montclair, NJ “Rendering Green,”small curated
2011 George Segal Gallery, Montclair, NJ “Art Connections 7,”juried
2010 Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ “Art on Paper,” juried
2010 Montclair Public Library Gallery, Montclair NJ “What’s New 2010”
2009 Montclair Public Library Gallery, Montclair, NJ “What’s NEW2?”
2009 Yard School of Art @ Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ “Open Studio Perspectives”
2009 Montclair Public Library Gallery, Montclair, NJ “What’s NEW?”
2007 Montclair Public Library Gallery, Montclair, NJ “Waxing Poetic”
2005 Gaelen Gallery, Whippany NJ “6th Annual Invitational Show”

Professional Experience
2014 Curator:“method,” Montclair Public Library Gallery, Montclair, NJ
2011 Curator:“Hidden Worlds,” Watchung Arts Center, Watchung, NJ
2010-current Office Director, Board Member for Studio Montclair, Inc. Montclair, NJ

Selected Bibliography
SOMACOM TV Meet The Artist (Cablevision 19, Comcast 35) 11/2010
Joan Finn, “Studio Group Launches its First Art Show”, Montclair Times, 02/2011
Carol Selman, “A Beautiful Thing”. Montclair Patch 02/2011
Carol Selman, “Alternate Universes”, West Orange Patch, 03/2011
Carol Selman, “Susanna Baker, A Verona Artist whose Time is Now”, Verona Patch 03/2

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