Katie Baldwin has steadily built a career as an innovative artist and educator for over 20 years. She has been awarded a Fulbright US Scholar Award to Taiwan, where she will study woodblock printing techniques at the International Print Center in Taipei. Baldwin’s own words express well her thinking and motivations, “My process is a physical reminder of limitations, while serving as a direct response to the tactile act of making things. I am interested in making work by hand: blocks are carved, inked up and hand-pulled. My images utilize a compositional structure such as inverted point of view, as well as defiance of scale, proportions and time. In this way, the work challenges the unity of time by showing several moments at once. I reveal the interior and exterior of both man-made and natural environments. Mountains, rivers, cages, or bridges become the manufactured stages on which complex narratives play out.”
The concentric oval forms in “Land,” made in 2019, echo similar structures in “Greenhouse,” as well as “April,” a woodcut completed in 2012. We enjoy looking at this trio as they illuminate Baldwin’s interest in the handmade and her interest in recording thoughts and making them exist to retrieve later.