“Strange & Familiar”
by Olivia Baker
Electric Cherry Shop + Studios
5777 Olde Wadsworth Blvd R200, Arvada, CO 80002
Olivia Baker has become one of the resident artists for Electric Cherry – a rad and brand new shop in Olde Town Arvada, just outside of Denver Colorado. Electric Cherry Shop + Studios is packed with Curated Vintage, Vinyl, Fine Art, & Handmade Goods from both local artists, and out-of-staters.
When I say curated vintage, what I meant to say was curated gold! I found a vintage Thrasher shirt that says ” Ugh. why doesn’t my boyfriend skateboard??” With a Pop Art girl crying. It’s amazing. Also, Electric Cherry has items from a retailer in Texas called Shop 1988 (www.shopnineteen88.com). They carry contemporary + luxury vintage apparel. If you’re a 90s fan, you should seriously check them out – or ya know, find them at Electric Cherry!
Okay, and one of my fav. things about Electric Cherry, is the Vinyl collection. I’m a huge music freak, and Electric Cherry has such a rad collection. I’ve definitely already bought music from them on top of my Thrasher shirt.
Plus, the Fine Art and the handmade goods are incredible. It’s really cool to see the diversity in artistic expression throughout this shop. You can find my prints available there on the Grab n Go Print shelf!
But as of now, I don’t have just prints – I have a whole exhibition on display! This photo exhibition, “Strange and Familiar” will be on display indefinitely.
As some of you may know, I’m a local Denver Metro photographer that specializes in conceptual pieces. My work typically revolves around recreating past experiences through fabricated scenes. The imagery is designed by personally staging and building compositions from scratch with various props. This gives me a lot of creative freedom. It allows me the chance to have full control over color palettes, texture and materials, and overall aesthetic. The props throughout my imagery help to build a mood, but more importantly, are symbolic of the given concept and what I am aiming to translate. I enjoy taking these memories and past experiences, and marrying them together with new ideas to recreate a sense of a new reality.
“Strange & Familiar” shows pieces of work from various series I’ve created from 2014-2019. Some pieces are even abstract! If you can, show some love and swing by Electric Cherry to see my exhibition! Even if you don’t care to see it, Electric Cherry is worth a trip.
Olivia Baker EXHIBIT – Denver, Colorado
Organized by Artnook Inc. & Hosted by Flourish Aveda Wellness Art Gallery
15200 E Orchard Rd #101, Centennial, CO 80016
The Nonprofit Organization Artnook Inc. of Denver, Colorado will be featuring their first artist exhibit ever, opening up with Olivia Baker! Artnook’s mission statement talks about providing the opportunity to promote artists of all styles, and provide free spaces, workshops, and sponsorship to public exhibitions.
Olivia Baker Exhibit showcases a range of Baker’s conceptual style – with Abstract compositions that play on Dreams, Phosphenes, and Cognitive Association – to Representational art with intentional, constructed compositions representing various pieces of her personal experiences and entanglements. Some common themes throughout her representational art : identity among the idea of a constructed and unstable reality, and most recently – her experience processing her mother’s cancer diagnosis.
Baker’s work will be on display from Saturday November 9th, to Saturday November 30th with an artist Meet & Greet November 19th from 6-8PM.
Artist Portfolio Magazine
“Digital online art magazine, juried art mag, Artist Portfolio Magazine contains art of emerging and established artists from around the world.”
This online publication was exciting for me! I loved the opportunity to be a part of an online Art community and be featured alongside such talented artists.
Artist Portfolio Magazine showed a couple of pieces from my series titled, Censored. This series has a deeper rooted concept (maybe you’ve already ready about it in previous posts!). But visually, this series played on femininity and a sense of the in-between. Never actually seeing the subject character, but instead being a part of her environment and personal space. This series, similarly to some of my other work, narrates an ambiguous female character in her most personal moments – getting ready Vanity, escaping everyday stress Heavy, and a strong play on identity Blossoming.
My work was recently featured in 2 separate magazines. One magazine, being an online publication, and the other being a publication from Brooklyn, NY.
Snax Magazine, Brooklyn, NY
“Snax Magazine is a carefully curated print experience that promotes independent visual artists.”
This magazine feature meant a lot to me. This series, The Phoenix, was all about strength and overcoming, Survival and Resurrection. The timing was perfectly in line with the conclusion of my series, Censored. This series was powerful for me, because it was during this series (literally during the production of this series) that I first experienced a panic attack and true anxiety.
This series was created to convey ideas related to identity, and memory/thought process that becomes disconnected (the feeling you get when you can’t remember something you know you know). The intersecting point in this series, and where it relates to Survival and Resurrection, is actually from my personal experience when producing the series.
Never having experienced one before, I had my first panic attack and was terrified. SO much in fact, that anxiety followed me for 2.5 month after. This experience transformed this series into something more- in fact I was scared to continue this series in fear that it would spike my anxiety again.
Now having overcome this anxiety, I see this series as a metaphor of overcoming something powerful, moving on- Resurrection- as a moment I survived something traumatic and confusing.
This series was created in 2018.
Ghost- 22.24 x 16.16 inches
Heavy- 22.24 x 16.16 inches
In addition to a couple of pieces from my series Censored, I also had a couple from my series Mental State.
During the time of this series, I was experiencing the end of a very unhealthy relationship in college, as well as discovering and confronting a lot of my own very unhealthy lifestyle habits. I wanted to create a series that illustrated the discomfort of realization when you see you’ve put yourself in a bad position.
This series, for me, meant that I was Surviving, and resurrecting myself from my old lifestyle. This series was created in 2014.
01- 22.8 x 15.2 in.
02- 20 x 12.98 in.