Artist Information for Bobbi Baugh
I am interested in patterns and relationships: human, organic, and those that imply causality and consequence. Sometimes I explore them in the role of artist-as-storyteller. Sometimes I explore them in the role of artist-as-archaeologist: digging for things unseen, then juxtaposing them with elements that might not be expected. Always, it is my hope to draw the viewer into the narrative of the images. I believe my work is successful when it evokes a desire to look deeply at the images, to remember them, and to wonder about their meaning.
I draw on the traditions of hand printmaking and art quilting to build collaged works. Rhythms of each tradition speak to and complement one another. I build my images with acrylic paint on a mix of materials: rice paper, sheer fabrics, muslin and canvas.Images scroll down to view all
How Can We Sing in a Strange Land53" x 72"   Photo by Tariq Gibran
The mournful lament of the Jews captured and taken from their ancestral homeland in the 6th Century BCE is heard in Psalm 137: `How can we sing the Lord`s Song in a Strange Land?` They were bereft. They had left behind their home and, they believed, their God. This intense longing for home is woven into the story and history of the Jewish people. And yet, it is not a unique story. It is universal - and, therefore, all the more powerful. For many immigrants, every image of home left behind is richer, deeper and more verdant than the new `strange` land. Home smelled better. Home tasted better. At times, the scattered self that lives in the new place does not even feel like oneself. Contemporary immigrants also give voice to their lament: How can we sing in a strange land?
This work has been accepted into `Stories of Migration` at the National Textile Museum, George Washington University, premiering April, 2016.
What if One Day All the Houses Fly Away?50 x 38
I hear this title in a child voice, asked with the same innocence and intonation as - Why is the sky blue? In a childview of the world, such a simple question could be born from inquisitiveness, wonder and amazement, or the expression of unspoken fears. Hand-printed monotype images on rice paper and fabric, painted fabric, acrylic paints, muslin, canvas, polyester felt, machine stitching, collage construction with acrylic medium.
Self Contained36.5 x 48
These images are an exploration of entrapment, containment, freedom and the process of change. Hand-printed monotype images on rice paper and fabric, painted fabric, acrylic paints, muslin, polyester felt, machine stitching, collage construction with acrylic medium.
The Longing For Rain Series (3 pieces in the Series24" x 18"
Organic forms suggest a landscape, depicting the visible world and the world within/below at the same time. There is always more at work than what we see.
Dreaming of Flying29 x 29.5
In dreams, images arrange differently than in reality. Representations of containment and flight float in an ephemeral, liquid space. Next to this are rugged rocks and roots that suggest obstacles and unexplained forces at work. Hand-printed monotype images on rice paper and fabric, painted fabric, acrylic paints, muslin, polyester felt, machine stitching, collage construction with acrylic medium.