Vivienne Baker

Vivienne Baker


My general working methods in the mediums of both painting and print-making involve a slow build-up of layers of differing tonal values and opacity and the use of colour contrasts and harmonies in the description of space.
Starting points for recent paintings have been memory and the use of tiny low resolution photographs taken on a mobile phone. I am interested (in the present high-tech
climate), to make use of low-tech resources and exploit the distortion and interference that is produced with the enlargement of a low quality image, (or distortion and heightening when relying on memory). Through the use of traditional materials, using untraditional tools such as decorating rollers and spray guns, the image evolves and emerges from a slow multilayering process, creating undefined spaces that the viewer has to work to interpret.
The images /memories that I work from are all scenes that I have encountered but changed and distorted during the process of painting, to reveal something new, capturing perhaps only the essence of a place or memory. They suggest that there is more to the story and stand like moments, stills from a film or an old home movie.
Ancient woodlands have particular appeal because of the time scale of the life in these settings, compared to the relatively short life of a human or the fleeting monent of a human passing through.

Career path
Main Qualifications:
2000 MA, Printmaking, University of the West of England, Bristol
1990 Foundation in Art Therapy, Bath College of Further Education
1988 BA Hons, Fine Art, Coventry Polytechnic

Residences/Artists Workshops:
1996 Art OMI Artists Workshop Residency, OMI New York, America
1995 Triangle Artists Workshop, Marseilles, France
1993 Residency, Exhibition and Exchange, Oporto, Portugal
1991 Shaw Farm Artists Workshop, Somerset
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Location Bristol, South West
Artforms / type of project Painting, Printmaking