Things Left Behind
Katie Baldwin’s methodical approach to printmaking contrasts with the fast pace of modern life and mass production. Carefully carving multiple blocks of wood to create a single image, the artist then inks and prints each block by hand. Baldwin states, “Carving and printing woodblocks is time-consuming, in contrast to our society where everything is made to be fast, efficient and overproduced.” She purposefully slows down her approach to art through a historical process that can be traced back thousands of years. She believes her method serves as a reminder of physical limitations as well as a tactile response to artistic creation. In her prints, Baldwin creates non-linear visual narratives that bear witness to the ordinary and extraordinary events of everyday life. Her prints, produced in series, comment upon the complexities of the human condition. In her most recent work, she utilizes a perspective based on multiple points of view. She is interested in challenging the unity of time by showing several moments at once. Daily life intersects with such themes as work, relationships, culture, natural disasters, and dumb luck. Baldwin travels extensively and has served as artist-in-residence in Japan, Mexico, and Cuba. The artist’s unique international experiences also contribute to the broad range of ideas found in her work.