About Britany Baker
Britany attended Xavier University in Cincinnati on full scholarship and received a Bachelors of Fine Art in drawing and painting in 1991. Since then she has worked extensively in scenic design/painting for theater, television, and commercial sets, murals and fine art. Her illustration experience includes pen and ink, graphite, watercolor, pastel, colored pencil and computer-generated pieces for use in print and television. Along with being a fine artist, she has been a designer and creative director for multiple print and TV media outlets over the past 15 years. Britany is also currently the Vice President on the working board of ART Sanctuary, a non profit arts group with studios in Germantown.
In my art practice I explore themes related to the body and to living forms. I’m interested in the internal vs. the external and in how things grow: How bone and tissue make room for one another, how wet slippery forms behave in gravity, how root systems branch mathematically. I’m interested in the difference between the look and behavior of space-making soft tissue vs. dry, structured, path-making hard tissue and how sturdy, yet delicate, life is.
I'm also exploring how capturing movement on a 2D surface records time. I've always been fascinated by expressive paintings and how one can deconstruct the marks to see in what direction and in which order they were made. I love that decorative artists have studied the formation of different marbles in order to authentically replicate them onto a flat surface. I'm struck by how much a moment is captured in a single stroke of Chinese calligraphy. I feel this provides a window into time. The use of water in my practice with charcoal provides a flattened view of time by showing how things are created and then grow. The outwardly expanding forms one sees in the creation of a planet or the blooming of a flower, the dividing of cells, the width then tapering of grass – these things are governed by mathematics and reveal to us how nature gets from start to finish.
I want to know what makes a living thing real and I believe it's in the processes by which it is initiated, expands, grows, and ultimately recedes. This is the case within all living forms no matter how small, or monumental the system may be.