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Natalie Baxter

Studio grant holder in Göteborg 1 March-31 May 2022

Natalie Baxter. Born 1985 in Lexington, Kentucky USA. Lives and works in Wassaic, New York, USA. My work playfully pushes controversial issues that have become points of division in today’s social and political landscape. Through approachable work, I unpack topics such as the debate over gun control, masculine aggression and gender biases, the virtual rise of hate speech, as well as exploring expressions and swaying feelings of American patriotism.

I work with a variety of mixed media and found objects, but predominantly with fabric. Using quilting and sewing techniques passed down to me from my maternal grandmother, I create soft sculptures and quilted wall hangings that subvert recognizable objects into something familiar in shape alone. During my time at this residency, I plan to continue a recent body of work consisting of quilted wall hangings, hopefully incorporating textiles sourced from the area. I am also excited to welcome new ideas and open to a new direction for my work.

Natalie Baxter (b. 1985, Kentucky) explores concepts of place-identity, nostalgic americana, and gender stereotypes through sculptures that playfully push controversial issues. Baxter received her MFA from the University of Kentucky in 2012. Her work has been exhibited in galleries, museums, and fairs internationally. Press for Baxter’s work includes, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Hyperallergic, and Bomb Magazine.