Emily Baker

Yielding Epicenter

April 26 – May 25th, 2024

Baker pays homage to the spirit of innovation that defined Friedrichshafen’s industrial past with delicate steel forms, and fabric with patterns generated by AI. Simultaneously, she prompts contemplation on the implications of emerging technologies, such as self-driving cars and AI, urging viewers to reflect on the delicate balance between progress and caution. Open by appointment through May 25th, 2024

Emily Baker (b.1989) is an interdisciplinary artist and researcher based in Atlanta, Georgia. She was born in Grass Valley, California and received her BFA in Interior Design from California State University, Chico. She received her MFA from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2016.

Emily has shown her work nationally and internationally. Residencies include Salem Art Works (Salem, NY), The Vermont Studio (Johnson, VT), The Steel Yard (Providence, RI) and The Santa Fe Art Institute (Santa Fe, NM) during their 2020 Labor theme. 

In 2022, she presented her work at the International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron Art in Berlin, Germany. She was also awarded an exploratory research grant from the Center for the History of Business, Technology, & Society at the Hagley Museum & Library to examine DuPont’s contribution to the textile industry, specifically their role in women’s fashion in the United States during the rebirth of nylon’s image post-WWII.

She now is an Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Website: emilyabaker.com IG: @emilyallisbaker

Baker’s research explores the rich history of metal manufacturing, paying homage to industrial legacies while re-envisioning the path forward. Her practice focuses heavily on the idea of identity, repair, and healing, both within the body and of place and considers the fragility of industry along with the economic and seismic shifts that will define the future of work. This exhibition specifically examines the diverse modes of transportation that have thrived in Friedrichshafen, Germany, spotlighting the pivotal industries that sustain global connectivity on a daily basis to further stress our interconnectivity. The internal structures found within modes of transportation are captured as delicate, abstracted steel forms.

Through a subtle collection of fragments, the artworks honor the region’s pioneering spirit while prompting a reflection on the greater society’s eagerness to embrace new technologies, including AI and autonomous vehicles.