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Monday, May 3, 2010

Deborah Slabeck Baker

This is the first serious art that Baker has made in nearly 25 years. She's been occupied with her family and children . . . and dance had been her creative substitute. In the last year and a half she started making these embroideries and they have just been pouring out of her. They are a synthesis of all her past media and efforts. There are many references: needlework, samplers, hankies, silhouettes, and Folk Art. But they are also very personal, as this kind of work can be. She thinks of them as drawings, or poems/stories. She works directly on the fabric with thread -- no pre drawing or marking of the fabric. And this year. . . one of Baker's images is being used as a holiday card for The Art Institute of Chicago!

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