alibakes

Crafty Stuff and Things

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alibakes

Crafty Stuff and Things

17 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Ali Baker

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Anonymous on Feb 20, 2013

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Anonymous on May 11, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

Adroit & gifted, Ali has an remarkable sense of self (more so than your typical artist) and bares it in her work. Curious to see how her work evolves, especially as she's now transitioning in both her education and budding career. n nOh, and she's very prompt in sending out her items.

About

It all started with "Head First"..

In 2012, just before graduating college, I launched my Etsy store premiering a heartfelt series of photographs that were printed individually and by hand for my senior thesis. Since then it's snowballed into all sorts of things. I like to call my items trinkets!



Here's more info for what's left of my limited rare series:

To insure their value, I have made "Head First" a restricted series. Only 5 prints have been produced of each image: uniquely signed, numbered, and shipped with statement.

Head First : Artist Statement

As an only daughter, heavily medicated since the age of six, I saw, experienced, but never felt much of anything. The cold comfort of New Jersey offered little condolence in the place of siblings I never had. Itinerary consumed my being: taking up to seven different uppers and downers each morning upon waking for the various conditions I was told I possessed. My nature, as I knew it to be for most of my life, was completely devoid of all meaning.
A meek reflection of my former self, I was cast into the world deprived of the very things that made me a person. Mechanisms that some would describe as elation and joy, were absent, almost always followed with an uncomfortable tingling sensation. In conjunction with this, I had been written off as the resident ‘problem’ child; disconnected from those who surrounded me. My biggest confidants, as it seemed, were the same therapists and psychiatrists that wanted no more than to maintain a client for the years to come in accordance with their own personal incomes.
I was a burden to my elders, the quintessential ‘weird kid’ of school, and relied on technology, namely the internet, for much of my social interaction. Offering a form of escape, video games became a coping medium, a way for me to create an alternate universe for myself, in hopes to avoid the physical realities that I could not bear with. It was at this point that I fell into oblivion, and became enamored with color. The radiant hues which presented themselves to me in game communicated that there was optimism for my real life situation. This saturation grew more apparent each time I logged off my computer - seen by all but often unappreciated by the anthropological eye.
Taking control, photography served as a vessel of expression. In recollection of my past, a memorial to the asylums, doctor’s offices, psychiatric wards and therapy sessions that unintentionally littered my upbringing, Head First is my color project. This reference is deliberate; not only as a way to make my account of this experience visual and visceral, but to celebrate the clarity of my newfound freedom of thought. Absent of medication for the first time in fifteen years, I have begun to feel and understand what it truly means to be alive.
Though these mental institutions had been abandoned for decades, something strange happened when I photographed them for my series. I found warmth, security, in the deserted and harrowing hallways. Amongst the decay there was a familiarity present, and as it grew dark I felt little opposition to leave. By choosing long exposures, exaggerated colors were created, reflecting the interior life of my soul, existent then and now echoed in my pictures.
Despite times of absolute bleakness there was a light at the end of the tunnel; a constant reminder of destiny. I found beauty amongst the chaos and confusion of growing up alone; color seen at the end of a forbidding maze of an institutional portal, just as it had beckoned to me. Commotion, a constant premature focus of what was in my head, and not my heart; this is head first.

Ali Baker
2012



I will give discounts to those who buy 3 or more prints. Shoot me a message on twitter (@alibakes) or contact me via the left sidebar.

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