Susie Baker - "Ripple Effect"
Susie Baker, originally from Scotland, has been based in Kaikoura for 13
years. She is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art, Fine Art
Photography department, where she adopted a selection of alternative and
experimental printing techniques. Working in the darkroom, Susie
manipulates large black and white images by brushing on chemicals to
achieve unique processing effects.
Recent work for the
exhibition 'Ripple Effect' at Photospace Gallery in Wellington has been
made using medium-format roll-film, fibre based black and white paper or
watercolour paper, and often a drop of sunshine (for Cyanotypes). These
exhibition images have been made during a time of change for Kaikoura,
reulting from the 2016 Kaikoura Earthquake,
manifesting in images that speak emotionally as well as physically.
Often the work features structures during stages of destruction or
renovation. Hand-printed black & white images show shadows of the
past or tell a story of the future.